Today we arrived into Buenos Aires at 7:30am and drove one hour into the city to check-in to our hotel, the Ceasar Park in the La Recoletta district. The hotel is absolutely stunning and as soon we got into our room we flung our suitcases on the table and dove into the big white beds; we were in desperate need of a long nap!
After we woke up we did a 4 hour guided tour of the city by car and it was really wonderful. With only 24 hours here in Buenos Aires it allowed us to get nicely reacquainted with the city which we had both visited about 5 years prior.
From Evita Peron’s grave at the Recoletta Cemetery to the colorful houses in La Boca, we enjoyed the spring time weather and for a minute completely forgot we were going to the freezing temperatures of Antarctica the following day!
At night we went to a famous Argentine steak house and had some delicious empanadas with chimichurri sauce as well as a bottle of local Malbec wine- the perfect end to a brief visit to Buenos Aires.
Tomorrow we have a 5am wake up call for our charter flight to Ushuaia, the southern most city in the world where we will depart on the National Geographic Explorer!
Can’t wait to get to Antarctica. Cheers!
Today we awoke to beautiful weather and after a quick coffee with traveled out to a private airport and took off in a helicopter over the sunny skies of Miami. This was a special helicopter shoot as it marked my two-year anniversary of the series and it just happened to be that it was the same helicopter and pilot I did my first shoot with! I can’t wait to share more of the final images with you soon – it was a lot of fun to see this incredibly city from above again.
After our eventful flight we had some wonderful meetings at the Architectural Digest lounge and then at the Standard Hotel before attending a wonderful event for PICA, the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art. The mix of business and pleasure on the run is a tricky dance but is truly what Art Basel is all about and I have come to love it!
Alas, the time has come and I am heading south to Buenos Aires for the start of my photo shoot in Antarctica. Flying this evening, I will have lots more to share when I arrive! Can’t wait to start this journey with you.
Art Basel has been such an incredible whirlwind since we arrived on Wednesday afternoon. The scene here in South Beach has been more wild than ever and the weather is definitely a bonus this year – sun, sun and more sun. Wednesday night we attended a few events, one of which was at the Delano hotel honoring Tommy Hilfiger. The fire-breathing, sword-balancing dragon women performing in the pool made it our favorite!
On Thursday morning we attended Art Miami, Context and Scope art fairs that were all jam-packed with art enthusiast paying to come and get a glimpse at what has been making waves. Each fair is comprised of small booths that are rented by galleries from all over the world. Bringing the “best of the best” from their artists. Each booth had fascinating pieces that spanned across all genres.
We loved many pieces but there have been some noticeable trends this year: taxidermy with intricate color, paintings and photographs of housewives showing elements of power, and lots and lots of paintings with video/tablet incorporation. There is no doubt the art-world is moving towards video.
Last night we attended an incredible party sponsored by Wallpaper* Magazine and Jaguar. Together they worked with leading designers to create bespoke items of design such as, a mid-century picnic basket; a Palm Beach modern pet carrier; or barware made of cobbler gyroscopes. The form and design of the new line of Jaguar cars were incredibly inspiring and it is by far one of the best Basel parties I have ever attended. After the event we were lucky to be invited to the Artsy Valentino Audi event at the Soho Beach House and spent the wee hours of the morning by the beach with some of the art world’s leading power players (boy was it a scene!).
Our next post will feature highlights from our photo shoot over Miami making my two-year anniversary of starting the À la Plage series. I actually did my first shoot two years ago, today here in Miami during Art Basel!