A common view (for now) back in Espinho, the Portuguese city where I come from: traditional fishwives selling locally-caught, fresh fish.
Back in the days you’d often see these women (and they’re all women) balancing wicker baskets on their heads and crying out how fresh and local the fish was. These two ladies look like they’re moving on from that – they have a little cart and I suspect the temperature-controlled bags and styro on the floor are part of their kit too.
We’ve had a proper rainy, dark day here in Coventry today. Ironically I am going through my photos from last month, when we visited Porto. Not quite the same
Quite a bit of work went into the RAW processing of that photo: adjust shadows down and keep the highlights relatively high to give that strong contrast look worked, but I found the whites very harsh. I ended up changing the white balance a little to mellow the tones. It works for me.
What do you think?
While in Portugal we went to stay for a night in one of the National Parks, Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês, a beautiful area of the country with plenty of dramatic landscapes, as well as being home to wolves and golden eagles.
While in Porto we took a walk along the Douro river. On a bright morning like this, while a little hazy, it’s easy to see why this area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
If you look around the area you’ll notice all the different Port Wine brand names (Calem in the photo below) as most of the port wine cellars and companies are located in this area, many over the other side of the river in Vila Nova de Gaia.
Looking over the river here you can see one of traditional style boats for the area, which these days take tourists up and down the Douro. You can’t see too clearly on this photo but the boats often have Port brand names on the side, and this one has the Ferreira brand. So this boat literally has my name on it!
There is probably nobody on the Internet street photography fraternity who hasn’t come across Ricardo’s work. And whenever you had the privilege of talking to him, he was always generous and positive. A real gentleman.
Having never met Ricardo, I cannot lift the veil about the man behind the viewfinder. But there is one thing I can do: to share photos from the city of Porto. Featuring some of the same streets and the same light which for years graced our screens – Ricardo, these are for you.
Rest in peace.
On a recent visit to Porto I noticed lots of different street art pieces I hadn’t seen before.
So this one wasn’t street art exactly, but many shop windows had various illustrations in this style.
A strange montage of animals and plants, but colourful nonetheless, and it has a panda on it which appears to be drinking from a wine bottle and the giraffe appears to have fish as earrings. Clearly this artists has a very vivid imagination.