Saturday, March 25, 2006

I mentioned in Luggi's Los Angeles blog that I will talk and show you about Argentinian buses. And today is the day :) I'm really fascinated with the Argentinian means of transport, or their "colectivos", "bondis", castellano for buses. There is a big difference between the "colectivo porteño" (porteño = this is how the people from Buenos Aires call themselves, or everything else related from here) and other urban transports from big cities. The difference is in the love of the drivers for the small decorative/ornamental details they add to the buses. The graphical lines, lights, curtains, images, incrustation of any sort in the windows, fans, and many other things, one can find in a bus. For me, the buses are synonym of 'kitsch and rococo, with and esthetic that is rarely seen elsewhere, combining judicious lines of colors and graphics, to make them a unique symbols of Buenos Aires'. Here are a few examples of pix to show you what I just talked about. My own pictures are the 2 on the right side, and the one on the bottom-left corner. The other 2 are taken from "El libro de los colectivos" published by la marca. It is a bilingual edition full of pictures as the ones I posted. J'avais parle dans le Blog Los Angeles de Luggi qu'un jour je vous montrerai les bus en Argentine. Donc aujourd'hui, je vais vous faire decouvrir le principal moyen de transport Argentin. Les bus Argentins me fascinent, leur "colectivos" comme ils l'appellent, ou encore "bondis", castellano pour "bus". Il y a une grande difference entre "le colectivo porteño" (porteño= terme employe pour parler d'une personne qui habite Buenos Aires), des autres moyens de transport urbains que j'ai pu voir dans d'autres pays. La différence est l'amour des conducteurs pour les details décoratifs ornementaux qu'ils ajoutent aux autobus. Les lignes graphiques, lumières, rideaux, images, incrustations de toute sorte dans les fenêtres, les ventilateurs, et beaucoup d'autres choses, que l'on peut trouver dans un autobus. Pour moi, les autobus sont synonymes de kitsch et rococo, avec cependant une esthétique qui est rarement vu ailleurs. Une utilisation judicieuse des couleurs. Ces bus representent les symboles uniques de Buenos Aires. Mes photos sont celles de droite, et celle en bas a gauche. Les 2 autres ont ete prises dans le livre "EL libro de los colectivos" édité par La marca.

9 Comments:

Blogger Nicola said...

My favorite is the inside shot by night!

3/25/2006 11:01:00 AM

 
Blogger luggi said...

Very inspiring. I'm going to take a busride next weekend!

3/25/2006 12:21:00 PM

 
Blogger Lisi said...

agree with Nicola...that shot stands out...

3/25/2006 02:09:00 PM

 
Blogger Rob said...

Hi Karine
Nice photos - I particulary like the bottom right one. a bit blurred and strong red lights inside the bus

3/25/2006 02:59:00 PM

 
Blogger Karine said...

Thanks you all for your comments :)

3/25/2006 09:24:00 PM

 
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Blogger PartyAnimal said...

And what about the actual experience of travelling on one of these 'bondis'? As an argentinean, I'd strongly recommend that (if you like strong emotions:)!!
Nice blog!!!

3/26/2006 08:38:00 AM

 
Blogger Andreea said...

i haven't been in buenos aires in a while now :) - it was time! nice pic. interesting indeed.

3/26/2006 09:12:00 AM

 

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