January 15, 2016

Buenos Aires

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.

Christian David Photo Hartsfield Jackson International Airport Atlanta

Christian David Photo Hartsfield Jackson Airport Atlanta Gates

Christian David Photo Hartsfield Jackson Airport Atlanta Pilot

Christian David Photo Hartsfield Jackson Airport Coffee Smile

Christian David Photo Hartsfield Jackson Airport Delta Black and White

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!

Christian David Photo Buenos Aires Lighting Fixtures

Christian David Photo Buenos Aires Cat Portrait

Christian David Photo Buenos Aires Skyscraper

Christian David Photo Buenos Aires Modern Architecture Sunset

Christian David Photo Buenos Aires Purple Blossoms

Christian David Photo Buenos Aires Bay Window

Christian David Photo Buenos Aires Palm Trees

Christian David Photo Buenos Aires Monument of General Manuel Belgrano in Plaza de Mayo

Christian David Photo Buenos Aires Piramide de Mayo

Christian David Photo Buenos Aires Havanna Caminito

Christian David Photo Buenos Aires right Iglesia Jesu Christo Salvatori

Christian David Photo Buenos Aires Tree Canopy

Christian David Photo Buenos Aires Subway Train

Christian David Photo Buenos Aires Franco Martorell Gas Station Portrait

The Family

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.

Christian David Photo Buenos Aires Silhouette Portrait

Christian David Photo Buenos Aires Black and White Portrait

Christian David Photo Buenos Aires Walking Path

Christian David Photo Christian David Photo Alleyway Black and White

Christian David Photo Buenos Aires Observing Art

Christian David Photo Buenos Aires Shadows

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.

Christian David Photo Museo del Bicentenario Lealtad

Christian David Photo Museo del Bicentenario Large Portrait

Christian David Photo Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires Lobby

Christian David Photo Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art Neon Room

Christian David Photo Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires Frieda Khalo

Christian David Photo Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires Observing Art

Christian David Photo Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art Art Exhibit

Christian David Photo Galileo Galilei Planetarium Exterior

Christian David Photo Buenos Aires Steel Flower

Christian David Photo Buenos Aires La Recoleta Cemetery

Christian David Photo Buenos Aires 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.

Christian David Photo Buenos Aires On the Bus

Christian David Photo Buenos Aires CompAdd to Board Caption:El Caminito, La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina Bust of Penalosa

Christian David Photo Buenos Aires Subway Exit Stairs

Christian David Photo Buenos Aires Soccer Field Futbol Pitch

Christian David Photo Buenos Aires Soccer Futbol Stadium

Christian David Photo Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires Art Exhibit

Christian David Photo Buenos Aires Galerías Pacífico Shopping Mall

Christian David Photo Museum of Contemporary Art of Buenos Aires Art Exhibit

El Tango

What’s the fun of visiting Argentina if you don’t experience the tango in its homeland?

Christian David Photo Buenos Aires Tango in the Park

Christian David Photo Buenos Aires Tango in the Park

Christian David Photo Buenos Aires Tango in the Streets

Christian David Photo Buenos Aires Tango in the Storefront

Christian David Photo Buenos Aires Tango in the Town Square

 

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.

Christian David Photo Buenos Aires at Sunset

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