Saturday, February 20, 2010

STL DPB Far From Home: Life, Death And Transitions In Buenos Aires

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My co-workers have an unfortunate habit of throwing black balloon birthday parties at the 10 year marks. I'm having none of it. I turned 40 and 50 far from St. Louis. Today I turn 60 in Buenos Aires.

This city has an intense sense of life and death. I shot some more in Recoleta Cemetery yesterday and was again struck by the monuments of mourning. Over the top by today's standards, sure, but so robust, so brazenly displayed by those who survive. In the evening, we went to the obligatory tango dinner show at La Ventana. Fabulous. Well-performed tango is electric, a swirl of motion and full of grim sexual energy.

A couple of museums today, then an overnight flight back to the US. Home tomorrow afternoon.

10 comments:

Kate said...

First of all, happy birthday...60 ain't bad. Wish I could go back that far so consider yourself lucky! Lucky yes to be in Buenos Aires for your natal day! The photo is great...good shades of light and dark.

Virginia said...

That tango shot is perfect! Happy Birthday. I hope your office is FULL of black balloons on Monday! :)
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Luis Gomez said...

Beautiful shots! Enjoy and celebrate, Happy Birthday!

Sharon said...

You are making miss Buenos Aires! Happy Birthday. No black balloons from your blogging friends.

Louis la Vache said...

Belated best wishes on your milestone!

The angel in the top image appears to be flying. Excellent image!

cieldequimper said...

Bon anniversaire MaƮtre Crowe. Both extraordinary photographs, the second one is so sensual.

brattcat said...

Happy 60th. May angels watch over you through this entire year and may you dance the tango many times.

Paula said...

Happy Birthday, Bob. Once again, you've captured a performance in such an extraordinary way.

Hilda said...

The angel is both fascinatingly creepy and beautiful. It looks like it wants to be free from the monument, especially with the effect you applied on your photo.

Your photo of the tango dancers is just gorgeous! I think you caught the sexual tension perfectly.

Happy birthday, Bob! Glad you had a wonderful vacation. Have a safe trip home.

Jilly said...

Brilliant shots, Bob. The light in the tango photo is stunning - the shape they make together. Just adore it. Happy birthday again. how fabulous to be 60 in Argentina!