Just around the corner from my last picture of the Capela dos Ossos and facing the Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição, is this interesting building in the small Algarve town of Alcantarilha.
I loved the deep burgundy colour of the walls and the bright blue of the architrave beneath the roofline as well as the evidence of years of decay which the walls and paintwork had suffered.
For those interested, this is actually the front façade of the Manor of the Mascarenhas Marreiros Leite and if you look at this map and drag the little yellow man down to the red cross, you can pan around and see this building as well as the church opposite to it.
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annjackman (19897) 2013-09-02 3:46
I find such exteriors really attractive. The peeling paint and general decay makes a lovely picture partly because what paint is left is of strong colours. The delicate wrought iron balcony is super. You chose very good tight framing that emphasises the pattern of the three windows and doors.
Sharpness etc is up to your usual high standards.
Best wishes, Ann
timecapturer (49278) 2013-09-02 5:26
this is wonderful. Such rich textures and character in this beautifully cropped shot. A real arty image and captured superbly. I also love all the swallows nests clinging to the architrave too, like a row of coconuts! Magic!
Have a good week - Brian.
Nicou (123102) 2013-09-02 6:07
quel rendus sur la façade sueprbe quel petits point blanc et cette barrière blanche les fenêtres et leurs encadrement de pierre merveilleux cadrage et compo splendide vue.
bravo et amitié
holmertz (41639) 2013-09-02 8:17
The slow decay of fine buildings is rather sad, especially in countries like Portugal where there is such a rich treasure of old buildings worth saving for the future and presently so little money available for restorations. Regardless of that some decay, within limits, certainly gives a building a lot of charm. Faded colours can create some very attractive patterns, like on this blue architrave. There are many other fine details on this wall and the balcony and it's a very nicely symmetric composition.
lousat (77786) 2013-09-02 16:06
Hi John,really fantastic this capture looking for the small details of this original facade,beautiful style and great quality,i can see the signs of the time on the red peinture and the magnificent balcony too!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
macjake (57062) 2013-09-02 21:11
I have to be honest, that map you supply us with everytime is pretty darn cool isn't!!
Its fun to see exactly where in Portugal this is.
And yeah, I know what you're going to say John - I really should try to upload the map from now on :)
as for this photo, man...where do i begin?
first of all, is so great that you teased us with the little strip of blue at the top, it really pops.
and these arches, they have an Indian flare to them...no? or maybe its the popular burgundy color that is so prominant in India that makes me think this way.
the white looking scratches on the wall are such an excellent addition too, not to mention the white iron or steel railing.
wow, what a subject this is, so much is packed into it.
I really appreciate the compo and subject!!!
jjcordier (76846) 2013-09-02 22:40
Très bon cadrage sur cette intéressante façade colorée, le balcon et la bordure bleue apportant une touche graphique supplémentaire.
emka (79709) 2013-09-02 23:31
beautiful balcony, what a delicate work, looks like delicate lace. Fine burgundy wall with strange white dots and peeling paint. I wonder what are something like balls in the architrave. Nests? nice detail and how splendid to see it big.
chrisvek (7001) 2013-09-03 8:37
Hello dear John
So wonderful composition with excellent details and perfect amount of saturation.Nice Pov and perfect composition.So clever too.Well done.
saxo042 (37578) 2013-09-03 8:42
A very fine colour of this building, even if it looks like a new layer of paint would be needed soon. Still a very beautiful building, and judging from the Google street view, you managed to find a view without all the parked cars. They would have spoiled the picture. Here we can enjoy the nice details and the pleasant colour combination with that blue line.
marabu61 (8579) 2013-09-04 1:54
The burgundy facade is very attractive indeed. At first glance I would place this scene rather to Morocco than to Portugal, there is a distinctive oriental mood in this facade.
Your framing here is spot on with the band of blue on top acting as an additional frame and the half windows at the bottom rounding up the composition nicely.
have a great day
Silvio1953 (123333) 2013-09-04 11:51
Ciao John, great view of fantastic balcony, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
jcpix (13686) 2013-09-04 19:18
So I started going back through your gallery this evening, but didn't make it too far before coming back to this one...hard for me to resist something with so much texture. This is outstanding! Not only is there plenty of "feel" appeal, the deep saturated blood red color is amazing...and the touch of contrasting blue is a sublime compliment.
If that wasn't enough to get my attention, the detailed and ornate white railing is another piece of the puzzle that works incredibly well here. But wait, there's more...the arched doors and frames are a visual treat unto themselves. Beauty composition and vivid detail from corner to corner. This has so many aspects that I love to view. Smart isolation, well observed and presented. Really well done! Have a great day ahead.
Best wishes from across the pond,
brianmcc (6181) 2013-09-07 10:52
I love the rich colour tones in your picture. the band of blue along the top is fantastic and a great contrast to the deep orange tones. the shapes of the windows and frames and the lines of the metal balcony railings add further interest and appeal. excellent sharpness. are those birds nests on the blue line beneath the roof.
mkamionka (30694) 2013-09-18 8:45
lovely building and very original eye catching color. It all works very exotic for me. The blue adds a nice touch too. The ornamental balcony is my favourite part of it. Very well spotted!!
I would not guess it is Portugal.
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (20690)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-08-26
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/11, 1/160 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-09-02 2:42