Every time I go and visit el Casco Viejo, I find that things are changing for the better. As you probably know, I was there last week in an effort to take some photographs for Lingua Franca, and also to find out what’s happening in that old part of the city.
I saw that the whole area is being renovated by both the public and private sector. The restored buildings look exactly as they were when they were first built. This is something that made me feel good. Our Casco Viejo can easily compete with the ones in San Juan (Puerto Rico), Havana (Cuba) or Cartagena (Colombia).
For this post, I’ve selected a metallic statue. In fact, there were two of them probably created by the same artist. I almost stumbled into the statutes. They were right there in the middle of the aisle in front of Las Bóvedas in la Plaza de Francia (France’s Square). They were perched on several cement blocks. One was a metallic seamstress and the other was a street peddler pushing a metallic cart. They instantly reminded me of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí.
After I returned home, I sent a whole bunch of Casco Viejo photographs to my friend, Michael Moore for his evaluation and advice. He helps me by highlighting my mistakes in an effort to make me a better photographer. I appreciate his support and guidance. He also improves the photographs to levels I would never imagined could be reached. From a simple street “point-and-shoot” photograph, Michael transforms them into exquisite photographic pieces.
For today, I’ll include several photos of the surrealistic metallic seamstress. Tomorrow I will include pictures of the metallic peddler and his cart. Enjoy the artistic creations of Michael Moore, author of the Web site dubbed, Biographies of the Heart Photography.
This is what I mean by transforming normal photos into something else.
Photograph of a metallic lady and her sewing machine located at Las Bóvedas in the Casco Viejo of Panama City, Panama.
The same metallic seamstress, but this time the intensity of the colors can be appreciated.
Michael switched from a color photograph to a brownish photograph which adds charm to the picture.
This time Michael adds a little bit of greenish color to the photograph and intensifies its basic colors. Again, the attractiveness of the picture is enhanced.
When I purchased my digital camera in December, I had no idea photography was so exciting. I thought it was just pressing the shutter and voilà a wonderful picture would magically emerge. It requires a whole lot more than that. I’m so glad I got into this hobby. It’s like good wine, it gets better and better as time tics by. Good Day.
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