Clearing The Deck Part IIWednesday, July 24, 2013
|Kashmir Doll, Buenos Aires, self portrait|
But that does not mean that it will be sad. I am going to have some fun.
The first problem I had to surmount was to find a way of convincing Juan Manuel Sánchez, who lives in a studio apartment in downtown Buenos Aires to want to work with his wife Nora Patrich for my sake and for old times.
Nora Patrich lives in the suburbs (four blocks from a train station) with her new husband a neo-Peronist who works at the National Library. Juan Manuel Sánchez has a younger artist girl friend and their relationship is sort of a Woody Allen kind of relationship. She show ups when she wants to spend the night.
At first Sánchez was adamant that he would not tolerate his ex-wife in the apartment but he finally relented. I would not expect Sánchez would want to take the train to work in Patrich’s house so I have planned a session in his apartment of which I will explain below.
Both Sánchez and Patrich share a friend (my friend, too). Rubén Derlis is a retired copyrighter from the Buenos Aires daily El Clarín. He now is a published poet who is extremely prolific. He has sent me some of his erotic poems to which I have answered with photographs that fit his verse. He has been so happy with this that he has proposed that Patrich, Sánchez and I take erotic photographs and sketch and paint equivalents with him present at these sessions to take notes.
We will be working at
Patrich’s house in the suburbs which is large, has a garden and a swimming
pool. Patrich has already found one model and I have found another, an over
forty American married to an Argentine film maker.
|Rubén Derlis in Coghlan train Station|
But I have also found another model who calls herself Kashmir Doll who lives not far from Patrich. But I have told Kashmir Doll that she is going to go to Sánchez’s apartment and ring the bell. Patrich, Derlis and I will be in a corner, flies on the wall. Kashmir Doll will enter the apartment and Sánchez will deal with her as his model for the day. I propose that the project be called (it is a wonderful cliché!) The Artist and His Model.
Kashmir Doll will also (with skilful use of blonde wigs) make herself look like Eva Perón. Patrich who has the ear of the President of Argentina has access to a house where Eva Perón lived. We will shoot there. Kashmir Doll also suggested a Swiss-born Argentine poet called Alfonsina Storni who was a most influential modernist poet in Latin America.
My Wikipedia has this interesting paragraph about her death:
A year and a half after her friend Quiroga committed suicide in 1937, and haunted by solitude and breast cancer, Storni sent her last poem, Voy a dormir ("I'm going to sleep") to La Nación newspaper in October 1938. Around 1:00 AM on Tuesday the 25th, Alfonsina left her room and headed towards the sea at La Perla beach in Mar del Plata, Argentina. Later that morning two workers found her body washed up on the beach. Although her biographers hold that she jumped into the water from a breakwater, popular legend is that she slowly walked out to sea until she drowned.
Kashmir Doll has suggested we do something with this wonderful woman. I immediately thought of the connection of Storni with Hamlet’s Ophelia. Swimming pools? Flowers? Who knows where we will go with this?
If money were of no
consequence I would bite the bullet and purchase the only digital camera that
interests me. This is the Fuji XE-1. Just the body would cost me under $1000
and a $70 adapter would enable me to use all my Nikon manual lenses of 80s
vintage. But money is the problem and logic also tells me that I should not
travel somewhere with the possibility of it being the last time with a piece of
equipment I am not entirely familiar with. And should it fail what then?
|Ophelia, Vancouver BC|
So I will take two Nikon FM-2 with a 24, 35, 50 and an 85 mm lens. I will also bring along two Pentax MX with a wonderful 20mm lens and a 50. The reason for two of each is that I will load one with Kodak T-Max 400 (with the option of pushing it to 800IS0) and the other camera will have Fuji Superia 800 colour negative film.
I will probably pack the cameras in my hard luggage as I am taking my Mamiya 6x7 in my carry on. Why the Mamiya? Simply because I want to shoot both colour and b+w Fuji instant films.
My only regret is that I cannot travel with lights. But shooting fast and from the hip has its blessings.