One Monday morning, earlier this year, I was wandering in the sleepy back streets of Sáo Brás de Alportel. In a ruin mostly used for car parking I stopped to examine the remnants of old photos pasted onto the walls. This is a town rich in tradition, where paper flowers are liberally used to decorate the streets at Easter time. The scenes feature a quiet nearby street, the bombeiros or fire brigade, a local dance, and a lorry load of cork. A museum in the town is dedicated to the cork industry, and piles of cork can often be seen drying in the surrounding hills. The use of Monochrome can make a scene look ancient, but in Sáo Brás the past never seems very far away.
Until the council decided a change of image was needed. New fountains on slick marble squares, and metal animal sculptures now grace the centre of town. It’s surprising what a game changer this is. The whole mood of the place is altered.
In the same way, replacing the colour in a photo with monochrome creates a change of mood.
It’s a gentle palette in Sáo Bras. Washing adorns the wall as it must always have done. Azulejo panels softly crown each doorway, predominately blue and white. Modern art blends with old and crumbling buildings. And in the countryside, bleached fields patiently await a turn in the season.
But it will take more than a few sculptures to separate Sáo Brás from its claim to antiquity. You can follow a Roman road through the back streets of town. And where better to savour that most traditional of Portuguese tarts?
My walk today isn’t at all what I intended, but I was having far too much fun on Saturday and left my camera and phone at a party. I hadn’t downloaded my photos from last week’s adventure in Seville, so that will have to wait. Not half so famous and a fraction of its size, but I think this little town in the Algarve hills has its own brand of charm. I hope Patti will accept my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge this week.
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I love a leafy hollow in the woods. Drake takes us speeding through :
Natalie takes us through some very different woods to a beach :
Lots of leaves about this week. Good to share a smile with Lady Lee :
And linger a while with Irene :
A healthy splash of colour from Eunice this week :
And a city I’d love to revisit. West coast with Alice :
How much do you know about Waterloo? Denzil takes us through some of the history :
While Cathy is still on the Camino, but the end is in sight :
Who doesn’t like to end on a high? Thanks so much, Gilly
I’m easing off this week after a slightly manic time. Many thanks to all of you for following along and for your good wishes.