For most of its history, communications from São Paulo to the outside world were slow and difficult. In 1856 the British-owned São Paulo Railway Company was awarded the concession to operate a rail line between Santos and Jundaí, 70km north of São Paulo city in what was then a developing coffee-growing region. The 139-kilometre line was completed in 1867, remaining under British control until 1947. Overcoming the near-vertical incline of the Serra do Mar that separates the interior of the state from the coast, the line was an engineering miracle and is slowly being restored today.
Paranapiacaba , 40km southeast of São Paulo and the last station before the rack railway plunges down the coastal escarpment, was the administrative and engineering centre for the rail line and at one time was home to four thousand workers, many of whom were British. Neatly laid out in the 1890s in a grid pattern, the village has remained largely unchanged over the years. All that remains of the original train station is the clock tower, said to be a replica of London's Big Ben, but the workers' cottages and locomotive sheds (one of which houses an old British steam engine) are in an excellent state of preservation, and some are open to the public.
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MKING (3054) 2004-04-22 23:00
The background research adds some context to this very placid, moody streetscape. The boy is the dynamic element. Among all these buildings which have seen so much history under the railway lines the boy remains the new, fresh introduction- his future before him and unknown to him (represented by the fog). Well, that's how I see it. Well done.
strangiato (10) 2004-04-23 1:08
Nice composition. It is interesting to see how the colours of the buildings fade away in the mist. Well done.
roshangar (1680) 2004-04-23 1:52
The foggy weather made a mystry about him, his white T-shirt,with greaan bachground it made a very good combination,well done!
spence (65) 2004-04-23 6:50
Great composition Adilson. The colours of the old buildings are beautiful, the fog creates a moody feel and the young boy, perfectly positioned, brings the whole thing to life. Really nice!
eleparc (24063) 2004-04-23 16:24
greta photo ; ilike the fog here and all these colors plus this kid that helps put all things in perspective. ;-) congrats! the compo on a diagonal is also excellent;-)
roconnell (327) 2004-05-02 1:08
Looks like the boy is headed towards the unknown, as the clarity of the boy and the left surroundings gives way the the foggy right side of the frame. Wondefully composed.
markgong (2840) 2004-09-08 15:40
Good composition and very well seen. Like the others have said, the fod adds a totally different dimension to the photo. Try desatrating it making it B&W for a totally different effect.
yesyuvraj (150) 2005-07-13 17:35
Green , Red, White, Yellow and the mist, very beautiful capture of colours. This looks like a perfect combination made out of very ordinary space. It is possibly the best angle to look at this place.
and I love the weather