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Copyright: Antonio Sousa (ajcsousa) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 303 W: 65 N: 287] (1878)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2005-08-27
Categories: Artwork, Abstract
Camera: HP Photosmart 935
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fake ISOgraphy [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-09-29 4:43
Viewed: 2632
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Photo taken in Rossio Square - Lisbon

Watch your step... you might be treading waves, stars, fishes and flowers.

Portuguese pavement, is the traditional paving used in most pedestrian areas in Portugal. Being usually used in sidewalks, it is in plazas and atriums this art finds its deepest expansion.

Paving as a craft is believed to have originated in Mesopotamia, where rocky materials were used in the inside and outside of constructions, being later brought to Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome.

The Romans used to pave the vias connecting the empire using materials to be found in the surroundings. Some of the techniques introduced are still applied on the Calçada, most noticeably the use of a foundation and a surfacing.

Arab presence in the peninsula left traces not only in language, but also in the art of paving. To provide most needed water to crops, the Moors engineered a complex system of dams and waterways. Examples of the latter, know as acequias, can still be found in Portugal and Spain.

Setting the stones
Upon a well compacted trench of argillaceous materials, craftsmen lay a bedding of gravel, which will accommodate the stones, acting as a cement.

An unsure future
Once an activity performed by hundreds of craftsmen in Portuguese cities and villages, traditional paving is increasingly becoming restricted to conservation works or important architectural projects. Less abundant materials, dwindling numbers of craftsmen and criticism to its widespread use are forcing municipalities to consider other alternatives.

Indeed, very few workers will admit to enjoying this arduous labour, where long hours are spent painstakingly laying the stones in a prostrated position. Low wages fail to attract apprentices.

Paved sidewalks also present hazards to distraught pedestrians and unpleasant barriers to people with physical impairments.

The high cost and reduced robustness of traditional paving in comparison with concrete-based or bituminous materials, which have the additional advantage of not requiring specialised craftsmen, are favouring views that its use should be restricted to conservation works or historical areas.

in "Wikipédia"

Hope you enjoy,
Regards from Portugal,

chrisJ, GoogolGuy, frank, Isamar, jrendeiro, mwebr, pablominto, mukesh, wck has marked this note useful
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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2005-09-29 4:55]

Ola Antonio

I like the swirling repetition,& the superb tonal range,in this wonderful b&w. Parabens & obrigado!

absolutely excellent ;) Nice graphic photo

Fantastic B/W Antonio!
I love the curves and the way they lead the eye all the way to the topleft of the image..
I believe the tile pieces would be-multicolored, maybe you could share the original photo?
B/W looks nice too..
Regarding the note, my compliments to wikipedia contributors, and to you for trawling this info for us..

Lovely composition and nice contrast. Well done.

I remember this pavement from Fernando's (fer) photo. Yours has an impressive angle too. Perfect shot with good framing. Great...

This is the link for whom want to see from another photographer:

Great composition. Well seen.Excellent...

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  • frank Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 198 W: 14 N: 101] (764)
  • [2005-09-29 5:19]
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Hi Antonio, really cool abstract, good tonal range, I think you could have increased contrast even a tiny bit more, but that's just a minor remark, it's a fascinating pattern and you have captured it extremely well!

Um grafismo fabuloso!1
Bela foto.Parabéns!bjs

Olá António,
Esta foto está linda (penso que o Fernando tem uma parecida).
Um excelente ponto de vista composição e tratamento.
Apeteceme dizer..."WELL DONE".
Um abraço,

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  • fer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 741 W: 119 N: 910] (8190)
  • [2005-09-29 5:56]
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Olá António,

Como já te tinha dito,está espectacular!O enquadramanto está fabuloso.A nota está excelente,eu também uso bastante a "Wikipédia".

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  • mwebr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 448 W: 141 N: 666] (3402)
  • [2005-09-29 6:00]

The pattern captured is exquisite with even lighting, texture and perspective of textured patterns. Excellent vision and angle of view.


Very nice job Antonio. I like these curves in b/w. Well captured.


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  • iso Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 981 W: 61 N: 169] (29412)
  • [2005-09-29 8:30]

Like everybody, a very nice graphic one. It makes a very interesting piece of " ART "

WONDERFUL, ANTONIO, a super graphic image, well spotted, M, (*_*)

Simply an amazing composition! The way you let the movement grow out of the upper left corner is very effective, leaves me with a feeling your picture is alive... Grainy texture with repeating patterns, very well done!
Pablo -

I like the contradiction it suggest! Some waves, but they are not liquid... Solid as brick! And it's simply beautifull! Good idea to convert in B&W

Lovely repetitive wavy patterns and colour tones. Very well done. I am running out of words here too...Very well done. TFS

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  • Saiz Gold Star Critiquer [C: 909 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-09-29 14:14]

Es el mismo lugar que ese de la foto de Fernando Machado …
Me gusta mucho tu ángulo de toma de vista …
Estupendo trabajo …
Obrigado por tanto belleza !!!

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  • mukesh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 672 W: 100 N: 467] (5062)
  • [2005-09-29 14:15]

Well seen Antonio and beautifully composed. The curves are really flowing and making a good picture in b&w.
TFS and also for the note

Hi Antonio,
It's a very graphical picture and what I like the most about it is the illusion of a pattern without an end.

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  • LuciG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1206 W: 151 N: 655] (8171)
  • [2005-09-29 18:45]

Bela Foto que ilustra bem uma das belezas da nossa cidade!! Obrigada pr partilhares esta foto que me faz, por mais simples que seja, recordar momentos muito bonitos!

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  • nova Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2441 W: 250 N: 873] (8693)
  • [2005-09-29 21:38]

Great picture! Very nice patterns and beautiful composition! Bravo! Michel

Very nice image, Antonio! You composition and POV capture very well the beauty of the sidewalk, while creating a nice graphic image. Great job!

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  • wck Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 697 W: 36 N: 423] (3851)
  • [2005-09-30 21:01]

Very well captured!!! Dramatically done!


VERY NICE!!! I love your POV and the depth. It seems the waves go on forever. Very well seen Antonio! TFS

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  • fmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 81 W: 0 N: 44] (503)
  • [2005-10-01 5:25]

Gosto das texturas e padrões repetitivos. A tonalidade a cair bem na calçada portuguesa.

Está incrivelmente bonita! Incrivelmente bonita!

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