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Mar 5, 2008

Federico Castellon  

My great-uncle, Federico Castellon, was a respected surrealist painter and graphic artist. Throughout the time I was growing up, we always had a few of his dream-like lithographs on display in our house. While Federico spent most of his career based in New York, he was born in Almeria, Spain. The stark desert landscapes of southern Spain can be seen in the background of some of his works. The exhibition “Federico Castellón, de Almería a Nueva York” opens later this month at the Museo de Almería. I plan to be there for the opening and to do some more photography […]

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Events
Feb 7, 2008

Choose a Door …  

My photograph titled “Dos Puertas” was accepted into the Face of the World photography show at VisArts in Rockville. The show is curated by Frank Goodyear, Assistant Curator of Photography at the National Portrait Gallery. The opening is this Sunday, February 10, from 12:00 to 3:00 PM. I previously blogged about the interesting history of the site in Spain where this image was taken. Face of the WorldVisArts — Metropolitan Center for the Visual155 Gibbs Street | Rockville, MDFebruary 10 — March 31, 2008Opening Reception: Sunday, February 10, 2008, from 12-3pm    

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Events
Jan 30, 2008

The Show is Open  

40X26.667 opened last friday with a wine and champagne reception at Caramel boutique. The space was hopping throughout the evening, thanks to the many art lovers, friends, and neighbors who dropped by. The groovy soundtrack was provided by Steve and chocolates by Biagio. Nevin Kelly and Laura Kuah blogged about it and Brightest Young Things posted some photos. If you missed the fun or want to take a second look, the show will remain up at Caramel through February 29.    

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Jan 22, 2008

40X26.667  

A photographic collaboration byMark Parascandola &Stirling Elmendorf Caramel Fashion1603 U Street, NW | Washington, DCJanuary 18 – February 28, 2008Opening Reception: Friday, January 25, 2008 from 6-9pm    

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Jan 4, 2008

New Website  

I’ve replaced my old web gallery with this new, more agile site. The Portfolio section includes new images from Chile and elsewhere along with earlier images. This site will also host my blogs and allows for comments and more interaction. It’s also  generally easier to manage, which means I’ll be posting and updating much more frequently. Keep an eye on the home page for upcoming events. If you are looking for an image from the old site that you don’t see here, feel free to send me an email or a message through the contact form. Thanks for visiting!

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Travels
Nov 3, 2007

Visviri Circuit  

August 31 | My GPS Route Map This route of about 160 miles winds through the altiplano to the border town of Visviri and returns along the old train route. The road climbs over the mountains, at an altitude of over 17,000 feet, and requires navigating through streams, sand patches, and rocky terrain. Visviri lies on the border with both Peru and Bolivia; the quiet town comes alive on Sundays for the Tripartite International Fair where you can buy items like 93 proof Bolivian liquor. The road continues on through the dry, sandy landscape, passing by empty nomadic villages and […]

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Travels
Oct 29, 2007

Desert Memories: Journeys Through the Chilean North  

“All of us, living in ghost towns though we do not know it.With the illusion that what we leave behind will not be swept away by the wind, that something will remain against the corrosion of time.Hand by hand, hand in handGloriously making believe we will outlast the desert” Ariel Dorfman, Chilean novelist, playwright, poet and human rights activist writes about his journey through northern Chile through San Pedro de Atacama, along the Panamerican highway and the nitrate corridor, and up to Arica. Along the way he stops in Pisagua to remember his close friend Freddy Taberna who was executed […]

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Travels
Oct 21, 2007

Gasoline  

To truly immerse yourself in the landscape of northern Chile, it is essential to have your own vehicle, ideally one with high clearance and four-wheel drive. Driving in Chile does have its challenges–the distances are vast and the roads are often in poor condition. But then the only way to really comprehend the vast emptiness of the northern desert is to spend several hours driving through it, uninterrupted by signs of civilization. I picked up a Suzuki Gran Vitara at the Calama airport and returned it at the end of my trip in Arica, a few kilometers from the Pervuian […]

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Travels
Oct 15, 2007

Arica to Putre  

August 28 | My GPS Route Data Driving from the seaside port of Arica to the mountain town of Putre requires an elevation gain of 11,500 feet. Tours from Arica to Lauca National Park make the trip up and back in one day, which can be exhausting. I took my time driving up and stopped along the way. About two thirds of the way up the road passes by an abandoned railroad car painted in brilliant colors. A hippy couple lives here and will serve tea with coca leaves while they espouse their philosophy of living off the land. Labels: […]

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Travels
Oct 15, 2007

Iquique to Arica  

August 27 | My GPS Route Data On the way north to Arica I took a detour to Pisagua, first famous as a landing site for Spanish conquistadores, then a key port for mining industry, then a prison and death camp under Pinochet. A hundred years ago this was a bustling town of several thousand that hosted touring opera companies from Milan and stage actress Sarah Bernhardt. Today, however, only about 150 residents remain and the buildings are largely deserted and decaying.   The descent from the Panamericana at 3,500 feet down to the water’s edge is a perilous ride […]

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