8th July 2013
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John and Thomas
While wandering towards Fremont in search of pancakes, the gentleman on the left flagged me down. He had mistaken me for a Native American (which is not uncommon) He introduced himself as John, and accompanying him was his brother Thomas. They were both Natives from Wyoming. John was a cheerful fellow, friendly and outgoing, while his brother was a bit more aloof. On John’s back were long fronds, which he and his brother wove into flowers.
John spoke as we walked, talking about his life and how he traveled with his brother Thomas. He handed me a woven flower, in exchange for a couple of bucks. At the very least, it was worth it to hear their brief story.
6th July 2013
Wallingford, July 4th, 2013
24th June 2013
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I may or may not have inadvertently created a cell phone ad.
19th May 2013
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While importing the files from my memory card today, I received an “Import Error” that ended up deleting at least two weeks worth of street photography, lost forever to the fading glamor of time.
This surviving image is of a simple man, laughing and dancing with children while a street band plays a jaunty tune.
11th May 2013
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A strange ghost town that spent a quarter century under water is coming up for air again in the Argentine farmlands southwest of Buenos Aires.
Epecuen was once a bustling little lakeside resort, where 1,500 people served 20,000 tourists a season. During Argentina’s golden age, the same trains that carried grain to the outside world brought visitors from the capital to relax in Epecuen’s saltwater baths and spas.
The saltwater lake was particularly attractive because it has 10 times more salt than the ocean, making the water buoyant. Tourists, especially people from Buenos Aires’ large Jewish community, enjoyed floating in water that reminded them of the Dead Sea in the Middle East.
Then a particularly heavy rainstorm followed a series of wet winters, and the lake overflowed its banks on Nov. 10, 1985. Water burst through a retaining wall and spilled into the lakeside streets. People fled with what they could, and within days their homes were submerged under nearly 10 meters (33 feet) of corrosive saltwater.
Now the water has mostly receded, exposing what looks like a scene from a movie about the end of the world. The town hasn’t been rebuilt, but it has become a tourist destination again, for people willing to drive at least six hours from Buenos Aires to get here, along 340 miles (550 kilometers) of narrow country roads.
People come to see the rusted hulks of automobiles and furniture, crumbled homes and broken appliances. They climb staircases that lead nowhere, and wander through a graveyard where the water toppled headstones and exposed tombs to the elements.
It’s a bizarre, post-apocalyptic landscape that captures a traumatic moment in time.
One man refused to leave. Pablo Novak, now 82, still lives on the edge of the town, welcoming people who wander into the wrecked streets.
"Whoever passes nearby cannot go without coming to visit here," Novak said while showing The Associated Press around. "It’s getting more people to the area, as they come to see the ruins."
Many residents of Epecuen fled to nearby Carhue, another lakeside town, and built new hotels and spas, promising relaxing getaways featuring saltwater and mud facials.
"Not only do we have Epecuen with the ruins and its natural wealth, but we also can increasingly offer other alternatives," said Javier Andres, the local tourism director.
-PAUL BYRNE, AP
16th April 2013
Photos by S. E. Calbero
Shot using a Yashica Electro35 with 400 speed black & white film