I took this shot during one of those never-ending nights, where you could do as many things as if it was a whole weekend. We were 4 friends hanging out, two girls, two boys.
Smokincoffee was driving us. We would start the night hanging out, probably driving around the city or eating somewhere… then we would enter into the Casco Antiguo (Old Town), walk from one bar to another, take a look at some places with unique lighting and weird elements, take photos, posing for photos in front of old buildings, going from a special spot to another, and then just walk through the streets, to finally go back to driving around the city… where we ended up throwing water balloons to people at 2am… (I would say the boys did) and stopping at service stations to fill them up…
I came up with this silly title after taking this shot, stopping by very fast while driving around in Casco… I really loved the special lighting and it was also a special fun night to remember.
These are just a few new “mushrooms” (as I like to call the new buildings that appear very fast in the city) from many others that would come along later, developed in Panama City…
A view from my former balcony, all these buildings (except for the ones at the left side) were under construction at the time of this shot. Now the buildings are doubled, and there’s almost no land left to let them breathe… same problem like the Cinta Costera sea front.
When is the limit coming? What should happen to see the results of this brutalities?
Another demonstration of how people develop construction, only looking through money glasses.
I love to have Piccadilly Circus as a meeting point, when I am in London.
I just seat on the steps, watch all the movement of the circus: so many different people from so many different cultures walking around, groups of friends meeting there, hanging out. Waiting to meet other people and go somewhere else. And the light around it. Buses never stop passing by, people walking through it at any hour.
London is a city full of inputs; I’d need to take a break after some days, if I stayed longer than 4-5 days…!
During my internship in the firm Mallol y Mallol Arquitectos in 2005, I was walking by this building one afternoon, when I got to capture this rare moment of sunset reflection…
I didn’t take it too seriously. It was also taken with a little compact digital camera. But I remember then, when my design chief J.C.S. saw it, that he just fell in love with it.
I got the opportunity afterward, to publish it on the firm’s monograph book, as well as in other little magazine’s publications, together with other photos I took of the same architecture firm’s works, which were also exhibited at the Architecture Congress of 2005.
Funny how a “casual”, vanishing moment of reflection, can sometimes transcend into good, longer lasting work…!
This is one of my favorite hidden treasures of Panama. Not only because of the fresh weather, the surrounding mountains or the quiet environment, but also because of the architecture of this simple, elegant hotel that takes you to another dimension.
I would’ve stayed overnight, but I was already staying somewhere else. Yet I did have a delicious dinner and also a nice relaxing afternoon tea, with one of the best cheesecakes I had in my life and a good book to read.
I definitively recommend this place to anyone looking for a relaxing place to stay in Boquete.