A stroll around Santurce, Puerto Rico

Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by ajramirez, Nov 10, 2013.

  1. ajramirez

    ajramirez Leica Place Veteran

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    Mar 30, 2013
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Antonio
    (Cross posted from seriouscompacts.com)

    Located just outside of Old San Juan, Santurce is one of our oldest neighbourhoods and a place that is full of contrast. Santurce's growth and development occurred during the first half of the 20th century, when commerce and industry outgrew the geographical confines of Old San Juan. In its heyday, during the 1940s and 1950s, it was the center of cultural and commercial activity in San Juan. However, as recently as the 1970's a marked process of decay commenced, with most businesses moving to Hato Rey, or to suburbia.

    Notwithstanding this, Santurce is still the cultural center of San Juan. It is home to two of the Island's most important museums (the Puerto Rico Art Museum and the Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art). The Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music and Ballets of San Juan also call Santurce their home. The Luis A. Ferre Performance Arts Center and its Sala Sinfónica (Orchestra Hall) is home to the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra and probably the most important theatre and music venue in the Island.

    It is still a very interesting place to walk around in, because even in its most dilapidated parts, you can see the architecture and imagine what it must have been like in its heyday.

    The following set was shot yesterday morning. It was an absolutely gorgeous day and it was wonderful to spend the better part of the morning and early afternoon by myself, alone with my thoughts and my camera. Upon looking at the set, I realize that it is not very well balanced, in that it shows very little of the beautiful parts of Santurce. I just find the more run down parts more interesting. It is a work in progress, though, and all parts will be duly represented before long.

    In any event, here is the set from yesterday. I hope you enjoy them.

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    En la Ponce de León by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

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    En la Fernández Juncos by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

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    En la Bolivar by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

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    En la Américo Salas by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

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    La jirafita by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

    All shot on the Leica M9P, with the 24mm 3.8 Elmar M, 35mm 2.5 Summarit, and 50mm 2.8 Elmar M.

    Cheers,

    Antonio
     
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  2. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    Andrew
    Beautiful photos. I hardly ever shoot color anymore, but these make me think I should.
     
  3. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    Love the vivid colors- really shows off the M9P and Leica glass

    The first two monochrome conversions are beautifully done.

    Feel free to post -or cross post- anytime!
     
  4. XVARIOR

    XVARIOR Leica Place Regular

    127
    Dec 9, 2013
    Un verdadero festín para el ojo. Bellísimas todas. Te felicito.


    The XVarior
     
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  5. ajramirez

    ajramirez Leica Place Veteran

    267
    Mar 30, 2013
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Antonio
    ¡Gracias!