This is the old "fountain of the nuns", built during the reign of King John V. It's called this way because it was ordered by the nuns of the Convent of Jesus (situated next to the fountain and that is now in ruins), in order to supply the convent wih water. In the beginning, only the nuns were allowed to get water from there, which originated a quarrel with the locals. Later the situation has changed and the fountain also. Its history explains the quotes we can now find on the wall. Here we can see one that means "Where there's a Will there's a Way".
It's still a place where the inhabitants go to fill bottles of water.
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Nicou (123124) 2014-07-19 20:21
Fantastique scène de cet homme en train de remplir ses grosses bouteilles à la fontaine superbe compo NB et image.
Bravo et amitié
jemaflor (85374) 2014-07-19 23:43
Un daily scene well presented with this old effect with the B&w, well balanced with the arch on the wall and the man.
dkmurphys (49992) 2014-07-20 1:46
Simple and very picturesque image. It's great to see this kind of old fountains still in use (as I've seen in Rome).
Enjoy a fine day.
holmertz (41651) 2014-07-20 2:19
This is a very nice composition and you have converted it well to B&W with a pleasant greyscale. The man filling his bottle is of course the most important element of the photo, but he is also very well placed below the rounded vault which increases the beauty of the composition.
marabu61 (8581) 2014-07-20 2:54
I like this simple everyday scene, it works really well in black and white. There is a timeless quality to this composition.
have a great sunday
siudzi (33923) 2014-07-20 3:13
What a superb scene presented in b&w! Like the way you took the image with some quite creative cropping and great sense of the moment. The result is very good, TFS!
Have a nice Sunday!
delpeoples (53167) 2014-07-21 1:44
Ola dear Ana
A very striking Black & White photo. You have captured all the charm and character of this town and the little old man drinking at the water fountain. The monochrome is contrasted superbly and the light is exquisite.
dekanski (3446) 2014-07-21 12:36
nice b/w photo, very realistic, almost like l'm in Viana do Alentejo.
Silvio1953 (123367) 2014-07-23 10:27
Ciao Ana, lovely B&W composition with nice scene, beautiful fountain, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
abmdsudi (43714) 2014-07-23 13:12
The lovely rustic wall acts as a strong complementing element to the intriguing olde worlde fountains coupled by vividness of the buildings. I love the mass of textures registered as well as the fig fits nicely and clinches the shot. It suits the mono version really fine. Wonderful humble rural image worthy the effort. Congrats and TFS
williewhistler (14603) 2014-07-28 3:32
this is a lovely subject for your BW treatment with the man gathering water very well placed in the frame,the details are nicely clear and the whole image has a good range of tones.
Kind regards Les.
Ninello52 (7572) 2014-07-31 10:38
Bellissima immagine in bianco e nero! Bella la verticale del formato che include la bella architettura della parete! Mi piace molto la composizione dell'immagine, con un pezzo della fontana ed il veccio sul lato del quadro! Bravissima!!
macjake (57062) 2014-08-05 3:50
so they have these water fountains in Portugal as well huh? They were all over the place in Italy too.
We don't really have such things over here in Canada.
you can see the history just by looking at the walls themselves.
makes me wonder how this place looked the day after it was built :)
eldancer1 (28479) 2014-08-05 7:15
The essential of life, water. I like the message attached to the fountain which can mean anything besides water. Nicely captured with good details. Well done, tfs.
- Copyright: Ana Dores (adores) (37505)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2014-07-13
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: FujiFilm FinePix HS20 EXR
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/50 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-19 15:29