Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Barber Bridge

On a bridge in Almagro near the bus stop for the 160 and 151 are these paintings of a barber shop.  There are many male barber shops here, run by old men who have obviously had the business their whole lives.  They spend their days talking to the people from the neighbourhood who pass by, and cutting the hair and beards of the regulars who frequent them.  You don´t make an appointment, you simply show up and wait until it´s your turn.  I love the colours and the formation of the figures in these paintings and the way they are done in a circle and are framed by the studs and steel of the bridge.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Museum of Natural Science

The Museum of Natural Science in Parque Centenario was opened in 1937, but it actually existed before that.  In 1812 it was originally opened in another location, and moved around a couple of times until ending up here, next to the park.  While the animal and plant life is fascinating, I found myself drawn to photographing the building itself and the many paintings inside depicting extinct species and natural landscapes.  The place is a mix of A Night at the Museum meets Metropolis, and while the place could use a bit of funding thrown its way, the 3 peso entry fee is worth every centavo just to wander around for a couple of hours.