I came across Tomas Cochello’s photos of Antarctica while browsing through Revista Lunfarda, an online-only fashion and art magazine focused on [only] Argentine artists. Looking at Cochello’s photos I’m reminded of Werner Herzog declaring at the beginning of Encounters at the End of the World, his documentary about the continent, that he will not make a movie about fluffy penguins, but instead follow his whim and curiosity. Cochello’s photos show a similar whimsical, omniverous and beautiful spirit.
I was also taken in by Cochello’s photos of Buenos Aires. Avoiding cliché when depicting a city is a huge challenge, even more so when using subject matter (homeless people, pigeons, parking lots) which are themselves cliché in photography. Somehow Cochello manages to thread the needle.