Longing for what used to be/ Queriendo lo que ya no es

What can a visitor of Cincinnati, Ohio, do in that city on a Wednesday afternoon?

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Riverfront Stadium and Cincinnati Skyline, Cincinnati (1991)

Riverfront stadium, Ohio River and Cincinnati Skyline, Cincinnati (1991)

(Versión en español abajo) I watched a couple of REDS games at this stadium back in the early 90’s. Every city I have lived in has left a mark in my memory and my imagination and Cincinnati was no exception. In his late years, Luis Buñuel, the quintessential Spanish filmmaker of the 20th century, wrote that he saw absolutely no point in visiting cities he was not familiar with already.  Point in case, he asks: “What would I do in, say,  New Delhi at 3 in the afternoon?”. The cities we know live inside us: it is second nature for us to move around those places and enjoy ourselves predictably when out there.  And yet, modern metropolis do change at a vicious pace and it is nearly impossible to keep up with the changes. The stadium pictured above was demolished eleven years later after I took the photo. Now, what would I do in Cincinnati any given day at 3pm, if I were ever to visit it again?  *

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Llegué a ver un par de juego de los ROJOS en el estadio de la foto de arriba, a principios de los 90’s. Cada ciudad en la que he vivido deja una marca en mi memoria y mi imaginación y Cincinnati no fué la excepción.  En sus años finales, escribía Buñuel -el gran director de cine español del siglo veinte- que para él no hacía sentido emprender viajes a lugares nuevos. “Qué hago yo, digamos, en Nueva Delhi a las tres de la tarde?”pregunta el hombre para ilustrar su punto. Las ciudades que conocemos, viven dentro de nosotros: instintivamente nos movemos en ellas y las disfrutamos con gusto. Y, sin embargo, las metrópolis modernas van cambiando sus fachadas a una rapidez atroz y es casi imposible mantenerse al día con los cambios. El estadio de arriba fué demolido once años después de que tomé esta foto.  Ahora bién, dicho aquello…. si la fuera a visitar, que haría yo en Cincinnati a las 3 pm un día cualquiera? *

Author: Constantino

A Chemical Engineer born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. He has worked for the oil refining industry in threes countries under different capacities. With photography and writing as hobbies, he has traveled the world (and has still to settle somewhere). Loves movies, Latin Jazz, black coffee and red wine... Kampai!