I love the old fashioned doors and entrances that the buildings here have. Some of them are grand entrances, with a marble hallway and art deco lighting, and some of them are not as fancy but they have a vintage onda just as they are. This is the entrance to a friends place in Abasto. I changed the images to black and white just for a little artistic change, and to give them an all-so-slight air of film noir-ness. In the un-touched light of day, the elevator door is emerald green and the entrance has a faded brown-goldie 50´s feel.
It has been raining non-stop for two days now, which I find somehow calming. It means that there are not as many people on the street; they are either indoors or in buses and taxis, and the city has this glow about it. It´s just a steady rainfall, that makes it pleasant to put on your boots, grab your umbrella and walk. In the afternoon when it gets a little darker, the sky just has this glow. Everything is wet, but the colours seems more vivid and the buildings contrast against the silver-white glow that envelops everything below.
I love going back to a city that I know, revisiting places that are familiar but that have not been experienced for years. Montevideo is the capital of Uruguay and just a ferry and bus ride away from Buenos Aires. There are many similarities between the two cities, but my favourite things are the differences. Montevideo has this kind of sinister gothic appeal to it, with a mix of different architectural styles, dirty building facades and the absense of people in the streets (which when you come from Buenos Aires is extremely obvious). It´s the 1800´s meets the 1960´s, French meets Gothic, pretty meets ugly. When added together, these elements create a mood that is difficult to put into words but the photos do enough by themselves.
The local beer is Pilsen and it´s very easy to throw one of these back in any of the old bars that are dotted around the city.
I am an Australian who has been living in Buenos Aires, Argentina for four years. My perception of the city has changed as I have adapted to my environment and new home. I am somewhere between a tourist and a local and find beauty in my everyday environment.