Author Archives: Ivan Kashinsky

#Projectmibarrio

#Projectmibarrio

Photos and Text: Ivan Kashinsky

Recently, I decided to do a project.  I began documenting my neighborhood using only my iPhone.  I’ve been living in Ecuador for about nine years now.  It’s been a wild ride with sky-high highs, rock-bottom lows and everything in between.  I’ve spent a large chunk of my life on the Equator.  During my time here, I’ve traveled throughout Ecuador and Latin America working on assignments and projects.  I’ve been hopping from country to country, assignment to assignment, always on the go.   And just when things started to slow, it was time to go back to California and visit family and friends. Home, in Ecuador, has been a place to rest, regroup, and prepare for the next journey.  I had never really stopped to examine how wonderfully funky my home was, until I moved to Rumihuaico.

Lavadora de Carros (Car Wash)                                                                       La Selva de Asfalto (Concrete Jungle)

Zapatos de Taco (High Heels)                                                                                   Listo para el Horno: Ready for the Oven

#Rumihuaico, #Tumbaco, and the Surrounding #Communities

Rumihuaico is a barrio near the city of Tumbaco, and ever too close to Quito.  It’s the kind of place where everyone says hello to their neighbor.  Walking down the …

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Sancho: The Little Jeep that Could

Sancho: The Little Jeep that Could

Text by Ivan K
Photos by Karla and Ivan

Yesterday we traded you in for another.
You will always be remembered as the jeep that took us to the end of the world… and back.

Nobody thought you’d make it. You climbed the Andes of Peru in search of the Condor Gods. You choked on the dust of the Altiplano, resuscitated by a helpful and knowledgeable Bolivian man. You swam through the fingers of the Napo River and crossed the driest desert in the world. You battled the endless wind of the Patagonian roads and triumphantly crossed the Straight of Magellan. There we sat in the Land of Fire, peering out of your fogged-up windows, watching snowflakes fall from the sky. Together we smiled. We were half way through the longest journey of our life.

When there were no hotels, we rested our sleepy heads below your red roof. If we needed a better vantage point, we climbed up on your back feeling your metal indent below our dirty shoes.

You where there for us. With all our belongings inside you and more strapped on top, you were our faithful companion. For that we are in debt to you.

And …

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From La Clementina to La Mama Grande

From La Clementina to La Mama Grande

Text by Karla

Photos by Ivan, Caro and Karla

During the last blue moon in August, fifteen foot flames ate up our home.  What is left of  the hundred-year-old hacienda house named La Clementina, still sits on the edge of the Canyon del Chiche. At the bottom of it, the river with the same name snakes through muscular Andean mountains. Two months after the fire, I  finally find the courage to write about it, my heart beating at the level of my throat.

I miss it. I probably always will.

 

The natives of America call it grandfather fire, because it’s wise and as old as humanity itself.  The grandfather filled up its lungs with air and decided to ignite with one blazing blow all of our physical memories.  Years of collecting masks, cups, heart shaped rocks, postcards, arrows, letters, sea shells, journals, drawings, movies, magnets, poison darts, feathers, music, ponchos, blow guns, photo books, posters, coins, skulls, dead insects, saints, devils, bones, photos… in twenty minutes, it all turned to dust. I guess we liked collecting. All of a sudden, you become clean of everything. You feel like you were given a new blank canvas, like a new born …

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Graffiti en Vivo

Graffiti en Vivo

Venders called out prices for calamari, clams, and fresh fish, as locals scoped out the selection in the old port district of Valparaiso, Chile.  This is what they’ve been doing for hundreds of years.  Like a play, they acted out their daily rituals in the alleyways of the city.  But in recent years, their backdrop has changed.  Larger than life psychedelic graffiti covered the walls of Valpo creating an unlikely combination of old-school porteños playing out their daily life amongst unending vibrant street art.

 

 

“You walk down the street and you see graffiti you respect, and you think, wow, it’s not in a magazine or on the Internet.  It’s Live!”, Teo explained with excitement.  He’s a young graffiti artist with an appetite to create.  “When you see a blank wall it’s like a bomb in your eye.  The wall falls in love with you, you have to fall in love the wall, the wall seduces you.”  When Teo, who paints with the collective “Vida In Gravita”, finds his spot, it doesn’t matter if he has time to sleep or eat.  He gives it his all until he has a powerful piece to present to the world.  But Teo …

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Carnaval de Guaranda in Terra Incognita

I first set foot in Ecuador in 2004. It seems like a lifetime ago. In such a culturally and geographically diverse country it’s hard to know where to start. There’s so much! As young photojournalists, straight out of school, Karla and I turned to Terra Incognita magazine, to learn more about Ecuador. I call it the Ecuadorian National Geographic.  We became involved in the magazine and eventually became the photo editors.
We no longer edit photos for Terra, but have the pleasure of working with Andres Vallejo and Esteban Garces on projects.

Terra Incognita just published my work on Guaranda:
If you are in Ecuador pick up a copy!

Esteban and I thought this would be an excellent opener…..It feels like you’re just about to explore a new place or somebody is about to tell you a secret…Hmmmmm.  I wonder what’s inside…

I love the details in Segundo’s bedroom.  Even though I had more traditional portraits of Mr. Yambombo, this one pulled me in. I like how he’s floating in his personal space.  It also feels spiritual, maybe because it looks like he’s crossing himself, which ties into the religious aspects of Carnival and to the Virgins in back of …

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New iPad App: SHORT STORIES: FROM ECUADOR TO TIERRA DEL FUEGO by Karla Gachet and Ivan Kashinsky

New iPad App: SHORT STORIES: FROM ECUADOR TO TIERRA DEL FUEGO by Karla Gachet and Ivan Kashinsky

 A New Digital Photography Book

For more information or to download APP go to the iTunes store HERE

Photographers Karla Gachet and Ivan Kashinsky introduce their first app for the iPad, a personal photographic journey exploring the diverse cultures of five countries in South America. Karla and Ivan traveled for seven months in Sancho, their trusty red jeep, documenting thirteen photo essays along the way, from the equator down to the farthest tip of the continent.

The app features:
• Fourteen photo galleries including more than 165 photographs from Ecuador, Peru,
Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina
• Five videos
• Author narration for each of the fourteen stories plus the introduction
• Eleven pan-and-zoom images, pop-up images, and an interactive map
• Foreword by respected photographer and commentator Pablo Corral Vega
• World Press and POY award-winning coverage included

 


Ivan Kashinsky and Karla Gachet are freelance photographers based in Quito, Ecuador.
Both Ivan and Karla have earned many awards, including World Press, POY, and BOP.
Their work has been published in National Geographic, Time, Smithsonian, The New York Times, and Geo, among other publications.
Short Stories is a joint production of Runa Photos and Lightbox Press, a new publisher of …

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