Wherever I went in Santiago, I made sure I had my Panasonic point and shoot with me. I used my little camera to collect a lot of video. I took video when I was on the buses and trains heading to and from work. I took video when I was walking through the streets, markets, and parks. I collected video pretty much everywhere I went. Mostly I captured scenes of everyday life in Santiago. This video is the first of several I made which brings together the scenes I collected from around the city.
Public transportation, pedestrians, and street musicians figure prominently in many of my videos of Santiago. While I use the term street musicians, I was most likely to encounter musicians while riding the city buses. I admired how these musicians could perform while standing in buses that lurched and swayed and bumped along. I often had what could be considered the best seat in the bus for these performances. Although, most of the time I was standing like they were. I enjoyed being so close to the musicians, observing their faces and feeling the passion of their craft. I always gave some change to show my appreciation.
But not everyone appreciated the street musicians. Various older, crotchety Chileans looked down upon the young performers with contempt and disgust. These proud, uptight, stick-in-the- mud (and the ass) seniors viewed the young musicians as moochers looking for handouts. For me, the musicians always breathed life into the mundane aspects of routine such as commuting to and from work. I viewed the uptight older folks as still breathing but already in a coffin.