Over the Christmas holiday, my family and I took a trip to South America. We explored different parts of the continent, including some of its most beautiful parts. It was perhaps one of the best trips I’ve ever taken, and of course I had to document everything. For the first week, we were in Buenos Aires.
Atlanta and the Airport
In 2015, I took several trips to California, Colorado, Texas and Mexico. When traveling, there’s the ever-present decision of what gear to bring. Do you opt for the best quality and bring three or four lenses, or do you go for convenience and bring one or two? For those trips, I always took three: Sigma 24mm f/1.4 ART, Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART, and my Canon 135mm f/2. Sometimes I brought my Canon 45mm f/2.8 TS-E. You can see how that’s rather inconvenient. It becomes a constant issue of weight and security.
For Argentina I only brought one lens: Sigma 24mm f/1.4 ART. It is my favorite and most-used lens. It was a two-week trip, and I knew I wanted convenience. Every photo taken in this blog, the upcoming Patagonia blog and the upcoming couples session I did were all made with the same one lens.
Buenos Aires Neighborhood and City
We stayed in the neighbor called San Telmo. It’s a beautifully historic suburb that’s within a short walking distance from the city square. I loved being able to capture the local architecture and culture. And, of course, I couldn’t pass up the chance for another international #GasStationPortrait!
We don’t have much extended family, so for holidays it’s still just my mom, brother and me. So since it’s just us, we decided to go on a trip. We were there for two weeks over Christmas and New Years.
Museums and Sightseeing
Buenos Aires is a city rich in art and culture. There were so many great museums and other tourist sites, including the Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires (MALBA), the Museum of Contemporary Art of Buenos Aires (MACBA), the Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art (MAMBA), Galileo Galilei Planetarium, Steel Flower, Museo del Bicentenario, La Recoleta Cemetery and the Japanese Garden.
My Brother Michael
My brother becomes the subject of my portrait work on every trip we go on, whether he likes it or not — and whether he knows it or not.
What’s the fun of visiting Argentina if you don’t experience the tango in its homeland?
In all, Buenos Aires was a blast. My family and I had so much fun seeing the city and its rich history. However, this was not the end of the trip. After a week in Buenos Aires, we made our way to the beautiful Patagonia.