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As a photographer, I move from bright color abstracts, many of them taken in my trips back home to Buenos Aires, to experimental “narrative” photography of superimposed images taken with cheap plastic cameras, like the Holga, the Blackbird, fly, Lomo's Spinner 360, or the Korean “Robot”. Their plastic lenses are irregular and quirky, the flimsy enclosure lets light leaks into the film, reality gets a little dreamy.
I love the Japanese concept of wabi sabi. Hard to define simply, wabi sabi celebrates the beauty in imperfection and earthiness, ‘the cracks and crevices and rot and other marks that time and weather and use leave behind. The minute details that give something character’. My cheap plastic cameras are the perfect vehicle for a wabi sabi vision. I want my images to be the photographic equivalent of folk art. I want imperfect, bright colors, a little misalignment, evidence of a human hand.
Although I was born and bred in the megalopolis of Buenos Aires, I chose to live rurally almost twenty years ago. Still, the cityscape pulls me in and I photograph it endlessly, whether it is the small corners of the city of Buenos Aires, or the neighborhoods of Manhattan, the charmed cobbles of Prague, the foggy Venice in winter.
I am in love with old Argentinean cafés and finely-preserved diners in the United States. I love that they were made beautiful for no other reason than esthetic pleasure, molded plaster, huge windows, curved stainless steel picking up neon reflections. I wish they were not all disappearing, because the real estate they sit on becomes more and more valuable. I’m trying to get to as many of them as I can, camera in hand. I am also going after old road signs, leftovers from the 50's, bits of Americana as can be found on old Route 66 and old Highway 99.
It has been getting increasingly hard to find photo film, and the costs of processing keep rising. That has reluctantly dragged me into creating some projects using digital cameras (the Fujifilm X100s and X-T1) as well as the iPhone (currently a 5s).