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Vagancia en las Calles y Ventura en los Pechos.
Monday, March 27, 2017



Macarena Aldama - Bella Vista - Provincia de Buenos Aires - March 2017

The photograph above is an uncharacteristic one. Nobody would ever seem to sip (never drink) a mate in solitude. The mate as had from the gourd (also called el mate) is a social event that has to be shared. On the other hand the mate cocido (boiled mate) is not. The latter in my Argentine Navy days was boiled in a huge pot with milk. The concoction that resembled thick swamp water , without crocodiles, had a scum called nata. It was very sweet and learned to like it. When my Portland baroque string bassists comes for a visit he demands his mate cocido which I prepare in my sophisticated French press. 

I long for someone with who I can share a mate. The only person in Vancouver I do this is those rare instances when Rebecca, my oldest granddaughter comes for a visit. Because she likes her mate sweetened I do not protest (I like it unsweetened) as she is the only game in town. Can I ever try to drink a mate in solitude? 

Rebecca Stewart
La noche es olorosa como un mate curado
y es vagancia en las calles y ventura en los pechos.
La tarde fue mi pena. La noche como ensalmo
aduna la confianza de los patios abiertos.

Mis pasos haraganes comprenden bien la calle.
Yo fui de este suburbio criollero del oeste;
Sé que en los corazones hay la ternura grave
de los tangos antiguos y las tapias celestes.

Igual que una linterna, bamboleándose y hueco,
un Lacroze rezonga la cualquier bocacalle.
Su luz rayó las piedras. Con dulzor de recuerdo
queda el barrio guarango, corazonero, suave.

Miren. Esa palmera, conventillo de pájaros,
me dio en la resolana vacaciones de sombra.
Por este portón quieto, negro, cicatrizado,
sabiendo que era linda pasó una vez mi novia.

Redondeles de lumbre se abren como agua mansa
debajo de los focos en las anchas esquinas.
Voy queriendo las verjas, las estrellas, las casas.
Un pianito. Que suerte me hiere en alma viva.

Noche de sola fiesta de soledad y anhelo.
Encontronazo dulce de tu tierra y mi cielo.

The reason Macarena's portrait has such shallow depth of field is that I used my Nikon (old style) 50mm f-1.4 lens wide open with an adaptor for my Fuji X-E1 digital camera. I like the result and I believe I will use it again.







     

Previous Posts
Límites - Jorge Luís Borges

Advice to a Young Photographer from an Old One

Las Veredas (Ínfimas) de Buenos Aires

La Pelirroja en La Plaza San Martín

La Diosa Leontocéfala

¡WhatsAppeame!

That Fake Statue of Liberty

Who Is Macarena Aldama? ¿Quién es Macarena Aldama?...

Gioconda Pérez Mamani

Los Sonidos de Buenos Aires



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11/6/16 - 11/13/16

11/13/16 - 11/20/16

11/20/16 - 11/27/16

11/27/16 - 12/4/16

12/4/16 - 12/11/16

12/11/16 - 12/18/16

12/18/16 - 12/25/16

12/25/16 - 1/1/17

1/1/17 - 1/8/17

1/8/17 - 1/15/17

1/15/17 - 1/22/17

1/22/17 - 1/29/17

1/29/17 - 2/5/17

2/5/17 - 2/12/17

2/12/17 - 2/19/17

2/19/17 - 2/26/17

2/26/17 - 3/5/17

3/5/17 - 3/12/17

3/12/17 - 3/19/17

3/19/17 - 3/26/17

3/26/17 - 4/2/17

4/2/17 - 4/9/17

4/9/17 - 4/16/17

4/16/17 - 4/23/17

4/23/17 - 4/30/17

4/30/17 - 5/7/17

5/7/17 - 5/14/17

5/14/17 - 5/21/17

5/21/17 - 5/28/17

5/28/17 - 6/4/17

6/4/17 - 6/11/17

6/11/17 - 6/18/17

6/18/17 - 6/25/17

6/25/17 - 7/2/17

7/2/17 - 7/9/17

7/9/17 - 7/16/17

7/16/17 - 7/23/17

7/23/17 - 7/30/17

7/30/17 - 8/6/17

8/6/17 - 8/13/17

8/13/17 - 8/20/17

8/20/17 - 8/27/17

8/27/17 - 9/3/17

9/3/17 - 9/10/17

9/10/17 - 9/17/17

9/17/17 - 9/24/17

9/24/17 - 10/1/17

10/1/17 - 10/8/17

10/8/17 - 10/15/17

10/15/17 - 10/22/17

10/22/17 - 10/29/17

10/29/17 - 11/5/17

11/5/17 - 11/12/17

11/12/17 - 11/19/17

11/19/17 - 11/26/17

11/26/17 - 12/3/17

12/3/17 - 12/10/17

12/10/17 - 12/17/17