Monday, February 19, 2018

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By Chez Moi

Mendoza is Argentina’s premiere wine region, and as such, there was no way that we were going to miss a short stopover to indulge in one of our favourite pastimes. Our flight back home departed from Santiago, so we knew that we had to make our way back to Chile at some point. Mendoza is located at the foot of the Andean Mountains and sits virtually parallel to... (Read More)

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 Travel Blog

So, I enjoyed the good vibes of Mendoza, and also hanged out with some other travelers I met at the Hostel, some from Israel, like two Israeli girls traveling together since they met at Uruguay. They really made me want to travel there. Some were from other parts of the world - one of them was a really nice young carpenter from the UK. He was talking about a very common thing among 20' something years old young guys from the western culture – he was talking about how all he does is to... (Read More)

By The Miss McG

Next stop, Mendoza – famous for its Malbec wine. We’d timed the trip perfectly as there was a wine festival being held the weekend we arrived. Vendimia – or the harvest – is a celebration of wine crossed with beauty pageant. I’m not a fan of pageants but being Queen of the wine is something I can support! 

After a couple of flights, we arrived and checked into our hostel. Unfortunately it was pretty dire and we decided it wasn’t for us so we moved to another nice apartment instead. By the time we were settled, there wasn’t much of the evening left but we found a place to eat and watch the parade. There were about a dozen floats from different districts, each with their queen and princesses passing out grapes and even the odd bottle of wine to the crowds. Children had made contraptions made from baskets taped to long sticks so the goodies could be passed down to them. It wasn’t as big as I’d expected but it was fun to watch nonetheless. 

The next day, we headed to the main park but came across a much bigger parade so walked along with it for a while before finding a bar to settle in. This was more like it. The same floats as the night before and many more. There were dozens of groups dancing about dressed in spectacular costumes – although I felt quite sorry for those in velour in this heat! 

The queens passed by, waving and throwing treats. I was very pleased to catch some grapes that were simply delicious.

We decided to buy some tiaras to get into... (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 International Water Security Network

I am in the city of Mendoza in Argentina. As a member of a network of scientists interested in water governance in arid regions, I periodically attend meetings that take place in different countries. In this blogpost, Adriana and I will tell you about our first impressions of Mendoza.

The City

Mendoza is located at the foot of the Andes, very far from Buenos Aires and close to the city of Santiago, in Chile, with the Andes cordillera in between. In fact, the city emerged as a stop on a trading route, before traders crossed the cordillera into Chile. It rains very little, about 200mm a year (in my hometown – Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico – it rains 300mm a year) and the natural landscape is arid. The climate also tends to be hot, although not as hot as Sonora.

However, the province is crossed by several mighty rivers fed by the melting of the glaciers in the Andes cordillera. These rivers have favoured the creation of what they call an... (Read More)

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