Thursday, January 17, 2019

The neglected mill

The old Perez' watermill (Molino de PĂ©rez) is a fixture of the Malvin area in the Rambla. It sits in a small park, next to a creek that is now almost dry because of drainage elsewhere and city sprawling. Some time ago, the mill area became a favorite venue for meetings supporting marijuana legalization, which did not help real estate values.

There are cyclical attempts to restore the building. Some work is done, but shortly afterwards maintenance and vigilance fall out, and the mill stubbornly goes back to a cozy neglect. Currently, the face of the building looking to the Rambla is clean enough. Unfortunately, every other wall shows the outcome of passionate, unsubtle graffiti competitions. Even the old wooden windows got it. I liked this one ("Love is not a signature").

Inside the building court, an old wagon was installed during the latest renewal cycle. One wheel is gone, so that the wagon cannot go easily as a souvenir. The shepherd knows the flock.

This area has some of the best aloe plants in the whole city. Fortunately the aloe has been kept during the cycles of restoration and neglect.  It is stronger than local government's will.

The waterwheel bearing still holds on proudly, although the wheel does not turn anymore.

Just across the Rambla from the mill, people go to the beach as they have ever done. A beach in summer is hard competition for an old, neglected watermill.

Technical: K-1000 with 24-35 zoom, FP4+ in Beutler. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Winter is over

I have not posted much lately, too much work and laziness, which is a bad combination.

Here are a few taken during our gray season, looking at our grayish water under gray skies.

Buceo harbor under a drizzle.

Near Sarandi wharf, an old couple enjoys the view in a Sunday morning.

Thanks for looking! First two 35mm with Nikon 35-105. last in 120 out of the Super-Isolette. Film was FP4+, developed in Beutler.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Old Winston would be proud

In 1958, the local Montevideo government erected a monument to Winston Churchill near Pocitos Beach. He looks grim, as if the Germans were coming again.

The monument is in a nice, small square, looking to the beach (and to the storms, where they choose to visit).

Some words by Mansfield are transcribed below the bust. I believe old Winston, while he did care for words, would better appreciate a gin and tonic in our 30 C summer.  

What Winston is looking at: Pocitos Beach.

Thanks for looking! Yes it is film. FP4+ in DK-50 1:1 (testing old mix).