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By jd - To Infinity & Beyond

We came for the wine, we stayed for the city. At least that’s how it happened in Mendoza, Argentina.

We decided to visit Mendoza during the annual grape harvest festival, known as the Vendimia. We didn’t really know what the festival involved but it sounded like something worth investigating. I mean, Mendoza is known around the world for its wines, especially its Malbec, so we knew we couldn’t go wrong.

A couple quick facts about Mendoza: the city of Mendoza is the capital of the province of Mendoza (just to be confusing). The whole province is a desert located on the western edge of Argentina at the foot of the Andes. You might be wondering how a desert can support a big city and so many vineyards. Well, hundreds of years ago the natives (whom the Spanish pretty much wiped out when they arrived) built huge irrigation systems throughout the region which carry water from the Andes mountains.

Just getting to Mendoza was an adventure in itself. We had to... (Read More)

By PetaPixel

In May of 2016, I had the opportunity to travel to Argentina through my university for the purpose of researching food politics with our anthropology department. I jumped on the opportunity when it was offered, and had the experience of a lifetime learning about conducting anthropological work.

Naturally, I brought my camera along with me, and tried to think of the best ways to tell the story of food and politics in Buenos Aires. The following tips and images are the result of some of things I learned along the way. Utilizing photography as a means of, or an aid to storytelling, is an incredibly vital tool that can add a lot of value to any project.

The power of visuals, both grand and subtle, is that it allows the reader to place themselves in the scene and feel the story on a more visceral level. From all of the countless bus rides around the city, to the numerous interviews, and late nights spent writing field notes, I was able to gain a fairly intensive first hand account of Buenos Aires.

When you are making a visual story of a city, country, person, or place; it can be useful to think before hand of what stands out to you about the area, and how you can articulate that through images. In New York, it may mean skyscrapers and businessmen, in Dubai it may mean deserts and architecture, the question is how to express these familiar symbols in an engaging and original way, or find a unique story perspective altogether.

In Argentina, I was fascinated by the familiarities to European streets, in conjunction with the vibrant Latin American culture of the region; the extreme dichotomy between rich and poor, and the creativity and resilience of a people who had undergone and continue to undergo such tremendous economic hardship throughout recent years.

For the purpose of this article I won’t dive into the academic side of the trip. That being said, here are some of the things I had made note of during my trip as I learned more about telling stories with my photography.

1. The importance of having wide and close shots

As soon as I arrived at a new place, I made a point of having establishing shots that showed the entirety of the scene, and close up shots to show important details. An example of this is from the images below which were taken with “La Campora” group in Caballito neighbourhood of Buenos Aires.

2. Distinguishing the important elements of a place

One of the best things you can do when you ?nd yourself in a foreign environment, is to think what exactly in this scene will best communicate the feel and story of the area to your audience. When i visited the central food terminal of Buenos Aires, I looked for shots that showed the unique parts of the space, that would allow others to feel what I felt. Ask yourself: “What here is unique to me; and how do I show it?”

3. Don’t be afraid to get close and personal

Some of the best images that generate the best response, involve the photographer getting in to the thick of it all. If you want to have engaging images, a zoom just won’t do; you need to immerse yourself and be engaged with the scene at hand. Countless examples of great photojournalists throughout time attest to this. One of the days, we went to the central city plaza, Plaza de Mayo, to participate Argentina’s annual May 25th independence celebration. However, upon arrival we were only greeted by angered residents and police barricades, as the Macri government had become fearful of protests that day given rising tensions. The following pictures are what ensued.

4. Being conscientious of timeline

Sometimes when constructing a photo story after the fact, you may want to re arrange images to tell the story as it actually happens. By following the order of how something is produced, or how an event occurred, you can place the viewer in your shoes as you walk them through the timeline. This allows you to construct a sense of narrative, even if you didn’t know exactly how it would play out beforehand. While visiting Mendoza, which is Argentina’s primary wine production region, I got to tour... (Read More)

By Wanderlust Chloe

Touring one of Argentina’s top wine regions really is a must-do.

It was just after 9am, and all I could think about was wine. It may sound like I’m bordering on alcoholism but no, I was in Mendoza, Argentina – an area known specifically for its production of Malbec. Today, I’d be learning about wine, exploring a few vineyards and hopefully tasting a whole load too.

In the safe hands of Kahuak (one of Mendoza’s top tourism agencies) and with bubbly tour guide Anna Laura leading the way, we headed out of the city to the Uco Valley. The tour would take us towards the snow-capped Andes to visit three of the Uco Valley’s top wineries – Salentein, Domaine Bousquet and Andeluna.

The valley lies around 150km south of Mendoza. It’s a lush region with fields packed with crops (everything from garlic, onions and tomatoes to cherries, nuts and melons) and endless rows of vines. It’s considered Argentina’s ‘new world’ when it comes to wine. Formerly a region producing average quality table wines, Salentein arrived and changed everything. Their icon wines swiftly made a name for themselves, and several others followed suit.

As we passed a checkpoint at Tepungato (meaning viewpoint of the stars in a native language) we spotted plenty of luxury hotels with large gates and long drives. We heard how celebrities frequent these places as they offer... (Read More)

By Danielle Moss

Earlier this year, Conor and I spent a week in Argentina and aside from a few posts on instagram, I never posted anything on my blog. Reema put a story together for The Everygirl, but today, I’m finally sharing some of my favorite photos, spots, and memories from our first international trip together.

The city is so full of culture, and is a mix of very poor neighborhoods, stop-you-in-your-tracks architecture with both a South American and Parisian flair, incredible food, and some of the best Malbec you’ll ever have. Today I’m talking about... (Read More)

By The Bilingual Blog

¡Hola! So with this post I start my new series of travel blog posts in English. I’ll be mainly writing about destinations in Argentina and the US, for the time being.

A few months ago my fiancee and I decided to spend 4 days in Mendoza and it was the best trip ever! Mendoza is known for its wine production and its sunny skies. Here’s what we did, and what I strongly recommend you to visit if... (Read More)

By Calgary Herald

Gauchos were the folkloric horsemen of the Argentine pampas, who spent their days reining in wild stallions and corralling errant cattle, and their nights eating meat and drinking wine. Though I’m gussied up in an Argentine-style poncho and cowboy hat, and sitting astride a sturdy white mare that’s hoofing it into the foothills of the Andes, I’m clearly no horsewoman.

Repeated kicks to my ride’s side do nothing to increase her plodding pace. My knees are beginning to ache. But I still have gaucho envy, so I dream about the second chapter of Argentina’s cowboy lifestyle — the part about the... (Read More)

By The Border Mail

The place
Estancia La Bamba de Areco

The location
Located 123 kilometres northwest of Buenos Aires, the Estancia La Bamba is located in a gorgeous rural setting, surrounded by sweeping grass plains, babbling creeks and tree-lined paddocks. In fact, the surrounding countryside looks a lot like county Victoria – green farmland, grain silos, corn and chicken farms. Even eucalypts mixed among elms, firs and other trees. The main difference is... (Read More)

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