In 2015 I put up a series about Portuguese tile art on this website. The article is still one of the most clicked on here. A couple of years later I want to start the year with coming back to the topic and showing more of these magnificent Azulejos, as they are called. This time around though they are not as clean and shiny, they are more washed out, sprayed, beaten and even rusty. They tell stories of everyday life in Portugal, how nature blends in with them and how street artists use them as canvas.
This year again, as in 2017 before, I had the chance to visit one of the most picturesque countries in Europe and also my former home – Portugal. Most of the pictures I wanted to share with you from these particular two trips I did so already, you will find them here, here or here. However I did not share them all. There are some shots I didn’t yet put on the website. I combined them into the series below titled “Details of Portugal”.
I was lucky to come around quite a bit in Europe’s most southwestern country, but a spot that was blank on my map of Portugal was to the East of Lisboa. The ancient city of Évora, founded by the Romans before Christ. On the day of my visit in early May the opportunities for interesting shots were great, as there was a storm coming with heavy clouds, but the sun was still there refusing to obey and shining on the beautiful buildings of Évora, making for a great and gloomy atmosphere.
Although I travelled Portugal extensively, curiously I never have been to the Algarve, the southern coast of the country, before. I must admit I had my prejudices. This part of the country, it seemed to me, was reserved for the sun seeking mass tourist. Northern Portugal seemed much more mysterious and interesting to me. It was the road less travelled. But boy – was I missing out! The Algarve with it’s white architecture glowing in the sunlight seems like a natural extension to the Portugal I know. Sure there are tourists but at this time of the year (beginning of May) not more than in Lisboa. Give it a try!
Over the years Portugal became a country and a topic I revisit now and then. Again I had the chance to travel to this beautiful Iberian country and shoot some photography there. This time around though I had no access to my usual set up (Canon 70D with Tamron lens), but had to borrow equipment from my girlfriend. It was interesting to shoot with a different camera than I got used to. The Sony SLT-a77 is not as advanced as my Canon of course but it has some merits. I liked the the viewfinder and the shots are per default more wide which make them slightly more cinematic. The first series is kind of a highlight reel of the week I got to spend in different parts of the country. From first to last picture the locations are: Lisboa (bridge of the 25th of April), Capo da Rocca, Cascais, Fatimá, Óbidos.