I’ve Looked At The Park From Both Sides Now

Posted on June 5, 2013 by Vivi in VIVI'S VIEW

By Vivi Rathbone.

Dedicated to my neighbor across the park, Marina.

I love my view of Parque Las Heras.  I can’t tell you how magical it is to live above that park, but I’ve tried to capture it’s beauty and wilderness with my camera, so that I can share it.

When I started blogging, I didn’t take any photos.  I concentrated on writing (my true passion) and would occasionally use photos I stole from Google Images.  (Don’t do that #copyright #trouble)  When I wised up, I realized that the most successful blogs were not just featuring great writing.  They had great photos.

I returned home for Christmas in December, 2011 and invested in a camera, and dedicated myself to becoming a proficient photographer.  I started with a mid-sized Olympus DSLR, determined not to be one of those amateur photographers with an expensive Nikon and no knowledge of how to use any of the settings.  I wanted to start small and get good.

I returned to Buenos Aires in January and started playing with my camera.  As a student of Art History, I could easily decipher a strong image from a poor one, but I struggled to transfer this skill over to my camera.  I discovered that good photography was not easy.  Determined, I practiced taking photos from my balcony and bedroom window of Parque Las Heras.

One stormy Sunday morning in February, I awoke in particularly melodramatic spirits.  Normally I would channel that energy into my writing, and write some sort of emo blog post.  When I looked out the window to see my mood reflected in the stormy scene of the moving park and the grey sky, I decided to take a photo instead.

I took three shots and nailed them.  I felt the photo had perfectly captured my stormy mood, and the way I felt in that moment.  It was the first “good” photo that I’d taken with my camera.  I was hooked, and from that point forward I made a conscious decision that I would exclusively befriend photographers.

That photo became my signature image.

Last month I entered it in a photography contest with the Argentine Independent, and was beyond thrilled to make it to the top ten finalists.  I felt like my camera investment had been completely validated.

Anyway, this post isn’t actually about me.  This has been a long pre-amble to share the coolest thing that happened to me yesterday.

I received a message from Marina,  who saw my photo and sent me a message to tell me that she lived on the other side of the park.  My view was of her house, and she has a view of mine:

Isn’t that amazing?  This definitely calls for some Joni Mitchell.

And I might be ready for a bigger camera ….


  1. LOVE THIS — and how sweet of her to reach out!

  2. i totally support you investing in a bigger camera! plus, you can never go wrong with joni 🙂

  3. Ha! Very cool.
    I live on a third side, between the two of you 🙂

  4. Both Sides, Now from Joni Mitchell was perfect !!!!!! You are the best Vivi. beso grande !

  5. Lovely post – it’s always so cool to find out who lives in those apartments you see from a distance. My parents stayed at an apartment looking over the little park at the intersection of Scalabrini Ortiz & Las Heras, so I’ve loved that location for a while. Also, I’ve always loved that picture of yours!


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