I became an island

I became an island

 

One of my favorites motifs to draw was lagoons with hills and a little boat; I drew a lot of them. Years later one of my brothers made me notice that the boats were always empty, duh! XD…

I’m aware that that is a classical psychological example, I don’t remember (I don’t want to remember) of what but in my defense I could say that to draw the landscape was my goal (and distraction) and I didn’t search for hyperrealism.

The photograph is in Chacas Lagoon, in the borders of my city, Juliaca. Due we are at 3800 msal or a bit more of 12 000 feet there is no much tourism and that’s fortunate, you just can walk calmly seeing the landscape. Next week I’ll put more pics with all the colors of the rainbow ;-)

After the rage against the machine

after the rage against the machine

 

Travelling I noticed how native I am, how different from other cultures in Peru and much more from foreigners. Sometimes it’s interesting the difference, sometimes it’s unfortunate because the language can be different even with the same words.

In aymara and quechua culture our civilizations have one characteristic and it is the principle of correspondence. If someone do something for you then you should do something equivalent, not by obligation but because is a way to say without words that we appreciate what is done to us. It has a negative side, we tend to be violent because we also reciprocate when somebody makes us something bad. It’s a simplistic way to write it because it affects the shape of celebrations (always have to been two sides) and two is not a final number, is just part of a bigger system of symmetries like an organism.

In this case I’m posting a simple black and white image just because I need to balance the images in color I have published previously. Tomorrow to compensate I’ll post a complex tree, and after that I’ll focus in words more than images. Everything to don’t break a personal need of balance…

The title is meant to be humorous by the way, it is just a broken lock ;-)

Portrait of a wall

black constellation

Black Constellation

I’ve noticed that lately my posts have images with strong colors. Always is nice to have balance, so today I post photographs without salt or sugar.

All of them are form an exterior wall of the Santa Catalina Monastery. A little city from colonial ages in Arequipa city. The great Mexican architect Barragán said that one of the most powerful vehicles of mystery, architecturally speaking, is the top of a tree hinted behind a wall. What could be behind? It could be a patio? A garden? A place with children running?

Perhaps the idea is powerful because the mythology is prolific in forbidden and sacred trees. Especially in Europe.

secreto

secreto

crann na beatha agus an chros

Crann na beatha agus an Chros

piety

piety

indifference

indifference

esperanza

esperanza

Claroscuro

claroscuro

 

This was more an experiment stacking a circular polarizer and a neutral density filter for long exposures, I would like to have in that moment a graduated filter to balance the sky, too. With film I would need a light meter to don’t waste the film, or experiment but with the issue of need to pay and try to remember what I did wrong. But that’s something that I want to share better in another post.

Actually this photo had a severe underexposure so I took a bit more (photos) correcting the time, but in the computer I liked the vignetting due to stack filters and the mood for the lack of exposure. I just converted to black and white and cropped et voilà, it was ready the food, I mean the photograph, lol.

Uros’s Circle

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This is a keychain from Uros’s Islands. They are artificial islands over Lake Titicaca in the Peruvian side.

Actually I’m not very happy for that keychain, they almost forced us, surprised tourists, to purchase anything from them, so I asked for just two keychains. That wouldn’t be bad but the money doesn’t seem to be used in necessary things (pomades to their children’s cutis that suffer under the sun at high altitudes) better education, or clean energy systems (although I think they have solar panels) But I’ll post in the future a longer photo-article.

Black and White – A

generations

Generations

In the beginning with my hobby to take photographs I used to convert to black and white. With the time I discovered the way to modify the colors in the black and white converters to get different tonalities and shades. But I have to confess that my family don’t get it so much, mainly because they started with Black and White film so the color represents like the culmination. And they have artistic eye so is not the case about a lack of appreciation. Nevertheless I felt that I was abusing of the black and white conversion. Today I believe two things: to shoot in black and white I have to think to feel and to see in black and white, and that no everything works in black and white. However here I have some photographs in black and white. I hope you find one that makes you smile ;-)

let's dance

let’s dance

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I have to see

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infinite teeth of metalic beast

everything in control

everything in control

three leaves

three leaves

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dear visitant

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just thinking

tactile surface

tactile surface

i saw u calling the dark

calling from the dark

motorbike

motorbike

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march of the collector of heads

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game of shadows

as tears of wool

as tears of wool

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two windows, one lamp… :O