Photographer's Note

Another one from my "memory lane". Actually, the photos I shot on this occasion bring me much melancholy in a recursive way, as they remind me not only the particular event, but also the other similar ones that I lived in my childhood, which in turn, reminded and still remind me of my father, who died less than one month before this photo was shot.

Many of you may wonder about the tilt and the pink cast. I decided not correcting the tilt because I didn't like the effect on the compo of the inevitable crops that the correction implies. As for the pink cast, it is quite realistic, because it is provoked by the pink papers that filter the sun light.

I posted two WS's showing other decorated streets: 1, 2.

The rest of the note is copied from the note of my earlier post of this event, which seems to feature the other end of this street.

I grew up up in Campo Maior until I was 11 and although I practically lost contact with everyone I knew there, I remember very well the warmth kindness and lively joy of the people there. The main festivities of the place consist in decorating the streets with paper (mainly floral themes), turning the streets and all the town in a giant artificial luxuriant garden. This requires a lot of work, that is done by nearly everyone from the grandson to the grandma, spending every evening of many months cutting and stitching paper. Neighbours compete with each other to make their street more beautiful than the others and there is a jury to decide which ones are the best, but the competition doesn't involve money. No need to say that the town's only activities during the festival are all related with the party, as most of the streets are closed to cars. Crowds come to see this unique thing from all over Portugal and Spain and most of the streets get as crowded as big shops in Christmas time. I was lucky with this shot, as the street is almost empty.

The name of the festival used to be "Festas do Povo" (people's festival) or "Festas dos Artistas" (artists festival). As long as I know, strangely they have no relation with religion. Requiring so much hard work, it's no surprise that they have no fixed frequency - sometimes they happen every 7 years, other times they are more frequent, and there were times that they didn't happen for more than 10 years.

This splendour of this street is far from that of the more elaborate ones.

Links to more info (all of them in Portuguese, except the first one): Wikipedia / Campo Maior , guiadacidade.pt , pt.shvoong.com , sabores.sapo.pt.

TE posts of the 2004 festival by Bluejeans: 1, 2.

Location (latitude, longitude): 39.0114,-7.07103 (I am not sure about the accuracy, but my guess is that the error hardly surpasses 100 meters/yards)

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