The plan was to take out the modified Canon A1400 for some digital infrared photography with these concrete pipes, which are leftover from some long abandoned development outside Oliveira do Bairro. However, as the weather was not conducive to infrared photography, it was an opportunity to take out the ‘new’ #shittydigital Olympus FE-150 instead.
It was a lovely sunny day again, so it was a chance to take the R72 IR filter to Águas Boas for some infrared urban photography. These images are taken from the JPGs rather than using the RAW files and were processed in SnapSeed. They came out rather well.
The dust from the Saharan storms are creating a strange yellow light in the skies over Portugal. On the way home I came across a gate I had never noticed before so it seemed like a nice theme for the morning: hidden and forgotten gates.
Came across some unusual street art this morning by an unknown artist, ‘larus fuscus #1′. Larus fuscus is the Latin name of the lesser black-backed gull, a common sight at Portuguese seaside towns, and this work was constructed of moss on netting in the shape of a flying gull. Sadly, it’s clearly past its best,Continue reading “Three-dimensional street art in Aveiro, 22 February 2022”
I’ve spotted this stencil at a few places around Aveiro, ‘Em cada esquina um amigo’ (‘On every corner a friend’) is the first line of Grândola, Vila Morena, a song by Jose Afonso (known as ‘Zeca’), and the image is of Zeca with his fist raised in the salute of the revolution against the fascistContinue reading “Stencils and graffiti in Aveiro, 22 February 2022”
Barra is a mixture, on the one hand there is a vibrant town, quiet in January but packed during the hot summer months. On the other side is the sea, a haven for surfers and fishermen and frequently visited by cargo ships and tankers entering the port. And in the middle is the Praia daContinue reading “Praia da Barra, 19 January 2022”
This house opposite the post office in Oliveira has been abandoned for decades. On the front someone has stencilled, ‘they have guns, but we have flowers,’ a reference to the 1974 carnation revolution in Portugal that overthrew the fascist government.
Sunday morning in Oiã, and the streets are deserted.
Off to Coimbra by train. Always a great way to travel.
I took some of the raw photos from yesterday’s panoramas and put them through a stitching program called Image Composite Editor (ICE). They look much better, but of course you’ll need to turn you phone on its side to see them in their full glory.
As versatile as the Pocket 2 is, I seem to be captivated with taking panoramas with it at the moment. Today we headed to the coastal town of Barra, near Aveiro.
Barra is undergoing a lot of development at the moment, but alongside the new buildings there is always street art from the past.
Took the Pocket 2 out for a spin in Aveiro, concentrating on panoramas of this beautiful city and its canals.
Driving into Aveiro the main road leads past the salt flats on the left and the nightclub Sal on the right. Turning right towards the city centre, on the immediate right is a small car park built (if that is the right word) on the remains of several demolished houses. Actually, I was never sureContinue reading “Aveiro: The Car Park, 27 October 2021”
Alongside the canal that forms the central attraction of Aveiro is a path that leads to what was Club 8, the go-to nightclub in the city. Now long gone, it’s a nightclub called ‘Sal’ (salt, Aveiro’s premier export) and the buildings around have been largely demolished. The path to Sal leads under the main roadContinue reading “Aveiro: The Underpass, 27 October 2021”
Headed off along the railway line today. As well as a lot of commissioned street art, there is also a lot of graffiti to be found on the bridges and a nearby overpass.
Several years ago, the city of Aveiro initiated Vivacidade, ‘Dressing-Up the City Voids’. The aim was to enable the local community to transform abandoned spaces into useful places. Actors of Urban Change was the team who coordinated and promoted the project’s objectives. This old stencilled wall looks like it’s an advertising hoarding for the campaign,Continue reading “Actors of Urban Change, 27 October 2021”
Tucked away near the park with the sculpture by Luis Queimadela is a small piece by the Portuguese artist Dalila Montero, known as ‘Zooter’. Zooter has been commissioned for various street art projects around Aveiro, and I’m not sure whether this is part of one of these commissions or if this is a personal piece.Continue reading “Artwork by Zooter, 27 October 2021”
There’s a house in Águas Boas that has been abandoned for nigh on twenty years. Derelict on the inside, outside it has a unique hand-made wooden door that just screams, ‘restore me!’
It is a given that graffiti and street art is often a transient artform; existing works may be painted over by either the owners of the structure on which the artwork is found, removed (if it is from a well-known artist such as Banksy, or just painted over by another street/graffiti artist. However, as oftenContinue reading “Lost Art: The destruction of urban graffiti”