Rivers of colours flow down the hills, through every street and side alleyway. The port makes loud noises and the back alleys smell of piss, but the overall presence of the town is original and attention grabbing, like a precocious hippy movement. Peace and love, and lots of street dogs (this is Chile remember).
How cool is it that almost all houses can be seen from the sea (with a telescope, it’s a big old town) due to the way they are built lining the hills like tiers in a cinema. And the range of colours mean you can pick out your house among thousands like a real life Where’s Wally picture. In fact that’s the original idea behind the mass painting of brazen colours so that Wally can be found.
It’s photo walk heaven, if you’re not distracted by the many artisanal shops, bars and cafes, and if the presence of other inhabitants of Gringolandia and their camera one-upmanship doesn´t get up your nose (I know, I´m part of the problem). I recommend you stay the night and get up early, when nobody else is around and a soft golden light bathes the hills.
And so far I’ve said nothing of the graffiti, which would take a year to document in its entirety, by when a whole new set of images would have replaced the old ones. This is a place where refreshingly the ratio of thought provoking murals to mindless bubble writing (vandelism pure and simple), is favourable.
There are so many ideas crawling the cobbled streets and hidden alleyways; poems written on walls, history in the architecture, a story behind every place name, music in the air and street performers. It’s made me feel artistic, imaginative and creative; and writing from my hotel room I couldn’t help but lava this blog post with metaphors.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this inspired photo collection, why not print out a photo or two, or better still go there and take your own. Make an album, make a photo portfolio, publish your photos somewhere and check the response. Learn how to use your camera’s manual settings, learn how to edit your photos in post-production software (and have fun with the “boost saturation” button). I have been doing, and I’m interested to hear your comments!