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A Few Random Picture Moments from the Island

Monday, December 12, 2016

The first of two quick catch-up postings. After a long session accompanying Maruka in a political campaign parade thrugh and around town, we finished up at a cuaranto or feed. One of the women there put this flower wreath on Nan's head and of course I took some shots. And yes, that's a jacket she has on – pretty cool out.

     I prefer to post Island events from there as they happen. I did succeed in making a few postings this trip, but not near as many as I had hoped. There were a number of reasons: the weather, Nan being down with a sprained ankle part of the time, some vile severe cold or virus that kept us in for over a week and, perhaps most of all, the fact than the smallest upload to this site this year took over an hour – an iffy hour assuming it didn't get interrupted, which seemed far too often. I eventually just bagged the effort until we got home. And then the software update with huge changes, of course. Everyone knows the old saying: "best laid plans of men and moko".

     A few days ago I posted my first in, hopefully, a series of new images mined from my vast exposure collection. Taking a break here to catch up on some pictures from the trip, accompanied by explanations, comments. I hope they're interesting:

The inevitable "sound man"

     Wherever there's an event there has to e a sound man. The Island is no exception. This guy has his equipment on a flatbed trailer being pulled. He's getting set up for voice and music as the parade of cars, trucks and banners makes it's slow (interminal – we were in it) crawl around and through town promoting their candidate for mayor (she lost). Imagine handling the power requirements for this.

     With the increase in need for computers handling sound, graphics, etc. we've finally seen a number of Macs appearing on the island (MacBook Pro above).

Corte Americano

     Here's something we've seen change a couple of times since 2006. Potato chips, what does one call them outside the states. Even the Brits have an issue because they call our fries chips – hence fish & chips. In Spanish it gets even trickier to find a suitable translation. We've noticed that somewhere around 2012 the label on the bag changed to Corte AmericanoAmerican Cut. That at least eliminates any confusion. This bag costs between 3000 and 3500 pesos, depending on the store. That's $4.50 to $5. One learns to appreciate one's bag of chips. And when Terry's on island, between her and Nan, I don't get many.

     They are even saltier than in the States – and since they have to be shipped to the Island, much more broken up into pieces. But hey, it's as good as it gets. The too-salty complaint is common here – prepared foods made in Chile seem to always have either way too much salt or way too much sugar. Even mustard – mostasa – has sugar as a major ingrediant. We look for the French mustard, German sourkrout, etc.

At the Museo

     Events large and small are held at the Museo regulalrly. This trip we atteded two: a piano-violin concert in the main exhibition room and an interesting talk by a graduate student on the mainland who was fulfilling part of the process by presenting her thesis to the public. She's actually creating a complete catalog of old photos from the island up to almost modern times. Even though it was all in Spanish, we grasped enough of what was being said to get something out of it. And I found it interesting that just to the speaker's right were the two images that I printed for the Museo that they humg behind the reception desk – 36"x48" (I had to prit each in two parts because my printer will only go 24" wide.

     Interestingly, now you can upload a file and get a "poster-decal" full size that can be mounted either on a wall or on a mount board (they come up to 40x60 inches). That has me thinking about uses for this service. Hmmmm.

What a cemetery should be…

     No visit to the cemetery, on the edge of town just up from the coast, is without a few surprises. Here are two fascinating new graves. The first has a likeness of the deceased looking over a painting of a swimming honu (sea turtle). The second is really cool, a cross /sword over an extremely detailed carving of a rooster. With the imaginative graves, fantastic flowers and a number of little solar lights, the cemetery is fascinating any time of day or night. This is a place to celebrate lives. We go to visit Robarto - see his grave HERE.

A note on viewing the B&W here on the site…

     B&W photography has a similar problem to painting when posted on the internet (as well as in pictures in books). Painting, when you get past the initial effect of the image, is all about brush stroke. B&W photography is also all about things that go beyond, shadow detail, texture, etc. Things that are simply not there shrunk down. In the past I've tried posting images that can be zoomed in on but this makes for very slow load times on line and can be awkward. The new blogging environment won't allow that anyway. So, beginning with the last few postings – and gradually converting old postings back a couple of years – along with eventually gettng to upgrading Folio images – I'm simply posting slightly higher resolution B&Ws and reminding people how easy it is to quickly zoom in on the image.

     This still won't be equivalent to viewing an original print, but will at least come closer, exposing some shadow detail, and hopefully reminding people that viewing art on line, any art, as in a bbook, gives one an at best poor representation.

     This can be a double edge sword too. While the process of prepping an image for the internet is guaranteed to mute good work, it can take weak art work and make it more impressive, making it very disappointing to see the original. Anyway, here's my tip for quick-viewing a greatly enlarged view here:

On an iPad simply spread your fingers over the image to fill the screen

On a Mac double tap on the track pad or top of the mouse

On a PC w/o touchscreen, rightclick on image, open in new tab, zoom to enlarge.