This is the Padrão dos Descobrimentos or "Monument to the Discoveries" at Belém, Lisbon, a picture which I took in July, 1965 and taken not far from where I took the last picture which I posted. And again taken on Kodachrome colour transparency film with my little Voigtländer Vito B camera.
This structure was built just five years before I took this picture, in 1960, and surrounding work was obviously still on-going. The monument was built to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator (4 March 1394 – 13 November 1460), more correctly called "Infante Henry, Duke of Viseu".
The monument is based on the form of a "caravel" (a small and highly manoeuvrable sailing ship developed in the 15th century by the Portuguese) and shows Henry at the prow of a ship holding a "carrack" (a four-masted sailing ship also developed in the 15th century by the Portuguese) with, on either side of the ramps, a total of 33 figures from the history of the "Discoveries" including Magellan, Vasco da Gama and several others. Only one woman is depicted and that is Queen Philippa of Lancaster, the mother of "The Illustrious Generation" and also natural mother of Henry the Navigator.
Luckily, 49 years ago, I also took a closer picture of the western side of this monument and I have added that as a workshop. In that image you can see Queen Philippa of Lancaster second from the left.
These pictures were taken not long after this monument was built, but in more recent pictures it is starting to look not quite so clean!
Critiques | Translate
jjcordier (73794) 2014-02-21 22:54
Comme moi actuellement, tu retournes dans tes souvenirs et tes vieilles diapos (je me demande si c'est très bon signe -))! Ce monument est impressionnant. Les 50 ans passés ont un peu détérioré l'ensemble, une restauration s'impose!
emka (73877) 2014-02-21 23:10
So here this famous monument was quite new. Amazing discovery, I mean your almost half a century photos. How funny are these old buses down there. Splendid memories from your youth.
WArm regrads MAlgo
r_bodenschatz (169) 2014-02-21 23:20
seeing the car car the coaches the hole monument already looks as being in the discovered countries.
Thank you for going through the troubles of scanning old slides/films.
carlo62 (28489) 2014-02-22 1:42
questa foto ha tre anni meno di me!!!
Incredibile, la qualità è sorprendente, non avevo visto la data, ma le auto e i bus non sembravano attuali.
Bellissimo scatto, molto naturale, con molte persone e gli attrezzi da lavoro, simpatica anche la presenza dell'uomo con carretto e bici che vende bibite.
Bella e interessante condivisione.
timecapturer (45707) 2014-02-22 3:15
this is wonderful. A real glimpse back in time of a monument that has been featured on TE a lot and one that I must say is so impressive and beautiful. A real journalistic piece of imagery this that has been transferred into digital so beautifully. Love it! Just stunning!
Enjoy your weekend - B.
holmertz (37765) 2014-02-22 7:38
The colours have stayed remarkably well in these almost 48 years. It's a pity I don't have any slides as old as this for comparison, but I think this shows the superiority of Kodachromes to most other films. Already at the age of 17 you understood the importance of including people in the photo – or maybe you just couldn't avoid them :-).
annjackman (18163) 2014-02-22 8:05
This is a very good image considering it probably has spent a long time in your attic! It seems remarkably crisp and lovely natural colours. I do wish the photographers weren't creeping for the right. I like the WS even more - a great pair of photos and an informative note too.
Kind Regards, Ann
Noel_Byrne (21544) 2014-02-22 9:08
Amazing that this shot is that old, it looks as clean and fresh as a modern digital shot. THen again, its not the camera, its the eye behind that makes an image, as you prove so well here. I love the old cars, which makes this very much of its time. The sculpture is amazing too, and extremely eyecatching (I seen it the moment I opened the gallery). An excellent documentary shot, and a beautiful sculptural shot. Your note is full of interesting points to help me understand this better.
Thanks as always
SnapRJW (29414) 2014-02-22 22:07
Hello John - You have some interesting details in this archival shot John. I just love the fact that the few fishermen carry on fishing totally disinterested in the rather large and, to my mind, ugly monument while visitors are clearly impressed by the structure! A fascinating look at tourism back in the 60's too. Things haven't changed much; I see coaches and ice-cream vendors!
Impressive quality scan I must say.
Warm regards Rosemary
photoray (10547) 2014-02-23 9:40
Fine candid view of Monument to the Discoveries, perhaps Portugal's most famous statue. It's whitewashed appearance contrasts with the dark figures of visitors and buses.
delpeoples (52737) 2014-02-23 14:58
If you hadn't told us that this was 45 years old, I'd have never guessed it, and immediately thought you were playing around with some retro post processing alla Mike or Philippe. I love these tones and particularly like the POV you used, one I've never seen before despite having seen thousands of photos of this monument here and elsewhere. There are a couple of dust spots in the sky, but I am floored by just how well you've balanced the colours in the sky and can imagine that all your attentions were directed to that far more important enterprise. Brilliant sharpness and composition. You were and excellent photographer even when you were a young spurter :)
ACL1978 (7467) 2014-02-25 16:09
Hello John - looks like you were not alone in your photography of the monument, and I'm not surprised given the massive and iconic quality of it. As for the quality of the shot, it would be very good if taken recently, but the fact that this is from a half-century old original is truly impressive. There have been several recent shots from older exposures, from you as well as from Gert, and I'm impressed by the color and detail retention in them.
Interesting as well to see what has changed and what hasn't in the modern shot of it you linked to - a massive bridge now spans beyond it, but the immediate surroundings don't appear to have changed too much!
Thanks for this look back in time...