Okay, everybody who read the headline and thought you were getting advice on scoring mind-altering substances (and I’m not talking about yerba mate, either) in Argentina, you can leave now….
Unless your mind gets altered by awesome angles and overviews of cool architecture. MIne does, and to that end I’m fortunate to be working with Bernardo Galmarini as my fixer on this gig.
Bernardo has an awesome collection of images of Buenos Aires, and he’s always researching new angles and talking his way onto new rooftops and overlooks. Like this one.
As I explained in the previous post, National Geographic Traveler doesn’t want me spilling any photos before the story runs, so I can’t show you what we shot. And this is a fresh viewpoint, so I could tell you where we are and what we’re looking at, but then Bernardo would have to do me in! He worked hard to get us up here.
So, I’m caught between a publisher and a pal, and that means it’s another stealth post from Buenos Aires. I can tell you that the Portenos are among the friendliest big city folk I’ve ever run into. It’s so refreshing, after working in some big cities where nobody wants to cooperate and everybody’s got an angle, to be welcomed by every venue we’re supposed to photograph with open arms, and usually a nice cup of strong coffee.
The strong coffee is key, as Bernardo and I, on our third straight night of shooting tango nightlife, (not to mention days shooting all that other stuff) are in serious sleep deprivation. Our challenge is staying awake in the taxis long so we don’t sleep past our destinations (although, when riding in a BsAs taxi, it’s probably best to keep your eyes closed, and your lips murmuring prayers).