Joy Division At Café RetiroThursday, October 24, 2013
I was having coffee with my friend Felipe Occhiuzzi in the venerable Café Retiro. This is a restaurant built by the British in the cavernous Victoria-Station like Retiro which is the end station terminal for the Mitre Line of which I have been most familiar with since my youth.
During my stint in the Argentine Navy I would arrive at Retiro and go directly to the man in charge of the train schedules. I had befriended him. He always knew what I wanted. He would sign a document with lots of flourish in which he stated that my train had arrived 45 minutes late and would cite a time 45 minutes after he handed me the document. From there I would go to Café Retiro and order my tostadas (huge and very thin toast) and café con leche. Once I arrived at my office none of the corporals or non-commissioned officers ever questioned the frequent late trains.
I told Felipe that I was going to the men’s room and to watch my bag and camera.
Today I picked up the film which I used in my Nikon FM-2 camera in Buenos Aires. It is Fuji colour negative 800 ISO Superia film. Within the pictures I took there is this strange anomaly. It is an image I have no memory taking. I suspect that Felipe (who is not a bad photographer in his own right) took pictures of this delightful couple (note she is holding a sophisticated digital Nikon). I cannot imagine a smiling Argentine young man with a Joy Division T shirt.
I wonder, who are they? And why are they so happy?