Photographer's Note

After my very first posts, I decided to risk posting another film scan that has a special personal meaning for me, as it reminds me of my childhood.

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 street splendour is far from the more elaborate ones.

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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PS: I am getting kind of sad because now that I have an audience to my photos, I only can show the more recent ones, as the older are on film and 99.9% of my scans are pretty poor. I have to gain courage to see what I can do with PP in some of my scans and scan not only those which never weren't digitised. I only hope that my scanning and PP skills have improved a lot since my last 'scanning campaigns'.

I bet most of you who follow my posts more closely are wondering why I only post photos from Morocco and Tunisia. Well, besides the reason above, in these late years I became much of a 'tourist photographer', as I rarely use my camera when I am not on holidays (shame on me 8-), so I really haven't much choice if I stick to a minimal technical quality standard.

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