Our latest feature is a beautiful Argentina travel story from film photographer David Rose. Traveling throughout Argentina and visiting Patagonia and Tierra Del Fuego, David captured some epic landscapes and moments on film. Here are a few words from David about his adventure…
I married an Argentinian and jumped at the chance to travel to her homeland with her. Quick rundown for those who don’t already know: Argentinians largely consider themselves to be temporarily displaced Europeans, have an affinity for drinking mate (a type of loose-leaf tea usually consumed in a social setting), love fútbol and carné, and are some of the friendliest and best people you will ever meet.
While most of our month long stay was spent in the capital province of Buenos Aires visiting family in my wife’s hometown, we also took a side trip down to Patagonia where we saw breathtaking glaciers (Perito Moreno), guanacos (aka argentine llamas), and some of the iconic peaks of the Andes Mountains (Fitz Roy via El Chalten).
Next, we ventured further South to the bottom tip of South America, a place called Tierra Del Fuego (literally “Land of Fire” – so named by the explorer Ferdinand Magellan after sightings of the many bonfires that the natives built there). This place truly felt like another planet, and is actually colloquially known as the “end of the world” since it’s so far out of the way that there’s really no reason you would accidentally end up there. It also serves as the gateway portal to Antarctica, and, as such, we had the amazing opportunity to visit some penguin colonies in the wild, hike to glacier-fed lakes and rivers, and explore around the beautiful Tierra Del Fuego National Park.
The entire trip was shot on either a 35mm Pentax ME Super or my medium format Pentax 67 which is always a beast to lug around.
Analog cameras and films used: Pentax 67 (Find at KEH Camera or eBay), Pentax ME Super (Find at KEH Camera or eBay) | Kodak Portra 400 (Find on Amazon), Kodak Portra 160 (Find on Amazon), Kodak Ektar 100 (Find on Amazon), Ilford XP2 (Find on Amazon)