Tierra Santa (The Holy Land) – Buenos Aires

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Unintentionally surreal is probably the closest to a definition I can reach for Tierra Santa in Buenos Aires. For those out there who thought there was a need develop ostentation of the ‘Glow-in-the-dark’ Virgin Mary into a whole park of it’s own then ‘The Holy Land’ embodies it.

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Street Art – Buenos Aires & Santiago de Chile

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There’s something distinctly celebratory about Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile’s street art. In contrast to a great deal of the street art I’ve seen across Europe – which is often equal in terms of beauty – there appears a greater respect given to its craft and production in these cities.

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Wandering Through South America

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I’ve taken quite a long break from this blog, for a number of different reasons; however, travelling through South America (without a plan) on honeymoon, with my wife, has sparked my interest in documenting what I see around me again.

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Unnerving Architecture in London

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Every city sees an ebb and flow of architectural development and the development of a new area can bring about beautiful contrasts of old and new. The styles can intermingle with each other and create something astonishingly beautiful. This, however, does not seem to be the case with London.

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The modern tends to collide with the traditional. In some cases there seems to be this physical mishmash of nonsense as a result. It seems more akin to a creative child’s opus of Meccano and Lego more so than an architect’s vision.

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It’s as if the city is trying to blend the traditional and the modern without either side’s willingness to concede a single inch and the resulting shambles ensures that nobody really gains anything.

 

 

 

 

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Tranquillity in Metropolis – London At Night

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Central London in July – during the day – is like the sordid, illegitimate offspring of Lang’s Metropolis and some ill-mannered and dreary tourist. It’s a sea of mundaneness teeming with a quite pathetic commercialism. However, if you traverse these same streets when the masses have evacuated in favour of their comfy beds – quite a different cityscape reveals itself.

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Tattoos, Originality & Regret?

 

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It was ten years ago when I got the ‘tri-spiral’ tattooed on my upper arm. A cliqued place for a young Irish man to be inked, and even more unoriginal a Celtic symbol. It was at the time a quasi-rebellious, if pathetically tame, act of self-expression and body ownership. I say was because had I been born five to ten years later, the perceived norm has become littering yourself with every pop icon symbol or phrase you saw once, liked and can barely comprehend the depth of.

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Romanticising Yet Disregarding Revolution in Modern-Day England

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I’ve chosen a beautiful drawing by Andrea Bowers, which is based on Walter Crane’s 1894 Offering for May Day as the photo for this piece on purpose. Walter’s original was published in a socialist magazine and Bowers reimagined version can be seen in London’s Tate Modern. Theoretically this should be seen as a progression because the symbol has become immortalised in art and lauded as a masterpiece in the modern day. However, in reality, it seems to symbolise society’s desire to romanticise symbols for their aesthetic beauty and not their message.

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