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).

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The "Monte" of Montevideo

Hard to find where the name of our city came from. There are several tales of lookouts seeing a hill and shouting in very awkward Portuguese "Monte vide eu". I do not believe this B.S.. My favorite explanation is old maps showing topographical accidents with a Roman numeral: "Monte VI de O", i.e. hill number 6 from the West. In any case, the hill at the western end of the bay is a most characteristic feature. Here is a view from Capurro area. (Those railroad tracks are in use, believe it or not). 

On top of the hill there is a fortress, last iteration 1809 right after the British invasions. There is a lighthouse over the fortress, which must make for an interesting Army-Navy joint operation.

There is a very nice view of the city from the fortress. The many guns never fired a shot in anger.

I like the weathered wood of the gun carriage at the entrance. Probably it has been there since the last restoration (1942), or even before.

For a modest fee you can visit the military museum inside the fortress. It is a cool place in the summer. The Army keeps it in good shape. There is a time capsule stored in 2011 (two hundred years anniversary of the Army), to be opened in 2111, probably around May 18. I am not planning to attend.

Special guard at the entrance.

Thanks for looking!