Archives for the month of: February, 2013

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A commercial society whose members are essentially ascetic and indifferent in social ritual has to be provided with blueprints and specifications for evoking the right tone for every occasion.  Marshall Mcluhan

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After visiting Vondelpark in Amsterdam, my friend and me had a very serious cold attack, so we started walking out from that park. We went into the first the coffee shop we found, the Dolphins coffee shop, one I hardly recommend by the way. My whole trip was a big encounter with artists, true artists, not talkers or sellers but doers, people who cannot stop making. That day wasn’t the exception.
I rarely stop myself from talking to someone who I think is extremely interesting… this time I saw a guy drawing on a sketchbook and we ended up spending the whole day talking at the Dolphins shop, one of the many places he did with his own and bare hands. I was shocked by his transparency and I wrote many of the simple and fascinating things he said, but I can truly associate his life with this documentary. At a certain point, he mentioned that there was absolutely nothing he could do to stop making things, anything… It went truly well for him, but he is aware that it can be both a blessing and a curse. I think there is nothing more beautiful than simple people doing what they love.

This video is the trailer an Oscar-nominated short documentary called Inocente. “I think my life depends on me being an artist”  To read more of the story

They’re a not less than 50,000 Salvadorians in Milan. You can actually hear our accent everywhere in metros or buses, even if they are speaking Italian.

Currently, I’m hired by a Salvadorian company to build their advertising image, based on our folklore and addressed to Salvadorians living abroad. Of all the “creative” projects I’ve been involved, there is certainly not a research as entertaining as this one. I lived in El Salvador for seventeen years and I’m eager to come back and make a research of the happy creative humans that reside in this country.

When I remember my childhood or I see these pictures, I don’t even understand the mixture of cultures living inside me, but I’m certainly proud of being born there and spending so much of my time in the country side. We certainly don’t know about accurate boundaries of beauty or even the proper way of doing most of things… we don’t even know how to be “exotic” or “touristic”, but I think we do know how to improvise, how to smile, and how to laugh at our problems.

I’m sharing some of the pictures of some Salvadorian virtual communities that I found during my research. I can assure you all these things happen (constantly).

This post is dedicated to one of the smallest and happiest countries in the world. Grande El Salvador!

Rainy days

Rainy days

Less Rainy days

Less Rainy days

The classic "Reina del carnaval"

The classic “Reina del carnaval”

Ultimo modelo

Ultimo modelo

Abarrotería Gual-mart

Abarrotería Gual-mart

But he would rather have a blackberry

But he would rather have a blackberry

At the gas station

At the gas station

"Los aguacates están maduros, si quiere apretar, apriete el coco"

“Los aguacates están maduros, si quieres apretar, apriete el coco”

New ways of making a line.

New ways of making a line.

Cusuco, Ready for lunch

Ready for lunch

Dijeron que iban a prohibir las cachiporras, pero no dijeron nada en los cachiporros. Nada.

Dijeron que iban a prohibir las cachiporras, pero no dijeron nada en los cachiporros. Nada.

L'albero, di Bruno Munari

L’albero, di Bruno Munari

You are the average of the 5 persons you spend most time with.

Plywood leg splint, by Charles Eames

Plywood leg splint, by Charles Eames

Image via Plastolux

Image via Plastolux

There is obviously more than chairs behind Charles Eames wooden love, but this is a design I particularly admire. He designed a leg splint for the American Army during the second world war. The design is light, beautifully shaped, and above all timeless. According to Justus Kolberg there is no better way for shaped wood to demostrate its qualities.

Grazia Toderi

Grazia Toderi

There was something of a Fairy about her, and nothing is more Umbearable, judging by Fairy tales, than living with a Fairy… 1994

Grazia Toderi, Padova 1963

Picture displayed at Galleria d’Italia Museum, Milano

It’s so hard to forget pain but it’s even hard to remember sweetness.

via Pajareando en la calle

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“You are lucky if you take one, maybe two good pictures in a year.” – Thomas Hoepker

Photo © Thomas Hoepker

Photo © Thomas Hoepker

via Magnum Photos

Become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.

Lady Bird Jonhson