Photographer's Note

Siege of the Brazilian Executive Power, the “Palácio do Planalto” (Planalto Palace) was inaugurated on April 21st, 1960, under the Presidency of Juscelino Kubitschek de Oliveira, marking the transfer of the federal capital to the interior highlands. The architectural project is part of the pervasive trademark of world-renowned architect (and controversial communist militant) Oscar Niemeyer in Brasília, a planned urbs in which the concrete craft, the precise and patterned geometry, the curvaceous volupty of traces, and the vastness of negative spaces form a full-fledged modernist experiment, an accomplishment of contemplative admirers and some aggravated inhabitants.
The Palace is singled out by the purity of its outlines, which form an array of dynamic power ensuing from the predominant horizontal traces, moderated by the interplay between the curves and the straight lines of its columns, “weightless as feathers alighting on the ground”, as defined by Mr. Niemeyer.
Hopefully the photo captures a glimpse of that unpolluted aesthetical rapture, which doesn’t resemble anything of the contemporary Brazilian political scene, an important part of which takes place inside the federal buildings of the “Praça dos Três Poderes” (Square of the Three Powers), where lies the Planalto Palace.

20/5/2007 18:13:04
Shooting Mode: Aperture-Priority AE
Tv (Shutter Speed): 4
Av (Aperture Value): 20.0
Metering Mode: Evaluative Metering
Exposure Compensation: 0
ISO Speed: 200
Lens: 10.0 - 20.0 mm
Focal Length: 11.0 mm
Image Quality: RAW
White Balance Mode: Auto
AF Mode: Manual focusing
Picture Style: Standard
Noise Reduction Off
Drive Mode: Continuous shooting

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