Memories Of Tavira


I wonder what will happen to all of our memories in another hundred years. Will people be rooting around boot sales (yard sales for those with no cars), looking in boxes at old SD cards and USB flash memory sticks and thinking “I wonder what’s on this?”. Will there even be any interest after much that we have now is gone? In fifty years time the ice that caps the North Pole could all be melted. I’m trying to track my memories. Lay them down before I forget it all. Will I end my days thinking that I remember but have only this to look back on and not the original experience?

Recently I visited Tavira, Portugal, and discovered that many properties along the river already flood regularly. Some have obvious signs of defense against the raging torrent that will come again, whether from the seas or the mountains, but most do not. Will they still be here in another hundred years, or even fifty? Here’s some of my photos and what they might look like in the 22nd century if I ever print off “hard copy”.

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Arnaldo Adães Bermudes – Banco De Portugal


Built in 1926, on the site of the former vegetable market facing Faro Marina and the city garden is the Agencia Do Banco De Portugal En Faro.

Arnaldo Adães Redondo Bermudes was born in San Ildefonso, Porto, on 1 October 1864. He attended the Porto Academy of Fine Arts from 1880, where he was a student of José Geraldo da Silva Sardinha, completing his Portuguese studies at the School of Fine Arts in Lisbon in 1886. In that year he won a scholarship that allowed him to go to Paris in 1888 to study with mentor Pierre Blondel (1847-1897) at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. In 1897 he was awarded the design for a neighborhood of mixed housing (the neighborhood of the Arc of the Blind –  Bairro do Arco do Cego, Lisboa).
The concept was based on the idea of a garden city (cidade-jardim – Bairro do Arco do Cego constructed 1919 – source pt.wikipedia.org).

From 1894 his reputation and career flourished, having been awarded First Medal in the exhibition Artistic Guild of Lisbon (Grémio Artístico de Lisboa). In the years that followed he was awarded major commissions for public and private works. In 1895 he was appointed as architect in the Ministério do Reino, becoming arquitecto de 1.ª classe of that Ministry in 1906.

In 1898 a competition was held by the State for a new design of school that would incorporate teachers accommodation. The instruction was that local building techniques and materials should be used. The winning project was presented by architect Arnaldo Redondo Adães Bermudes. As a result of this he was nominated as a delegate to the Universal Exhibition of Paris, in 1900, where the project received the Gold Medal in the Section for School Architecture. Although originally the intention was for over 300 schools in villages all over the Portuguese territory only 184 were ever built between 1902 and 1912 over the country and are known as Adães Bermudes schools or as “little bells schools”. His style of Casa Portuguesa would become standard in the following decades.

The design placed the teacher’s accommodation in the centre of the upper floor of the building with the classrooms on the ground floor. There would be one classroom each for boys and girls with separate entrances and central hall that was used as a gym. The intent of the design was to reconcile the building, the environment and the children. The building brought a dimension that would make the school more attractive. Also the teacher’s  social image was reinforced by the visibility and dignity that the design gave to the teacher’s accommodation.

During his career Bermudes held various positions in the Civil Service. Whilst working for the Directorate General of Public Instruction (1899) he was responsible for the construction projects of schools.

In 1913 he designed the Escola do Magisterio Primario in Lisbon. (Morocco Thursday, Benfica)

Between 1917 and 1933, Bermudes taught at the School of Fine Arts, Lisbon. Instructing in Construction and Strength of Materials and Descriptive Geometry and Perspective. He contributed to several publications including Yearbook of the Society of Portuguese Architects, The Building, Bulletin of the Royal Association of Architects Civil and Portuguese Archaeologists and Portuguese Architecture. He was also a member of the Royal Association of Architects and Civil Portuguese Archaeologists, the Society of Portuguese Architects, National Society of Fine Arts, the Royal Institute of Architects British, the Portuguese Association of Civil Engineers as well as the Society of Architects of Argentina and Uruguay.

The commission for the Banco de Portugal came soon after, mixing neo-Manuelino and Baroque styles with Art Nouveau, Moorish and Modernista influences, the branches of Banco de Portugal, in Coimbra, in Bragança, Viseu, in Faro, Évora and Vila Real are testament to Bermudes impact on how Portuguese style was developing.

Adães Bermudez also participated in the restoration and conservation of national monuments such as the palaces of Mafra, Sintra and Queluz, the church of the Jeronimos Monastery and the National Museum of Ancient Art in Lisbon. He was also the project winner of the Monument to the Marquis of Pombal in Lisbon, in partnership with Antonio C. Abreu and sculptor Francisco dos Santos.


John Carvalho

He also won the Valmor and Municipal Architecture award in 1908 for the building at Avenida Almirante Reis 2 (above) commissioned by Guilherme Augusto Coelho and an Honorable Mention (1909), in the same competition, with the mansion in Sacramento Street. In 1900 he was again awarded at the Paris Universal Exhibition.

He married Albertina Bermudes who had his son George, who followed his father’s profession.

Adães Bermudes, architect, man of culture and Republican Mason died on February 18, 1948, in Paiões, Sintra.

I visited Faro and saw the Agencia do Banco de Portugal En Faro in March 2012 and these are my pictures. Taken very late in the day so please accept my apologies for the quality and colour tone.

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Contemporary images sourced from the Gulbenkian foundation Portugal.
Architects drawing neothemi.up.pt (http://neothemi.up.pt/eng/themes/e_edif3.htm ).
Additional sources http://www2.warwick.ac.uk.

Wool + Needles = Blanket

Image


Had nothing in mind, this day in Olhão. Go the the local cemetery, as I often do when somewhere new. Have a look at the Mausoleums and the various sculptures of angels and cherubs. My friend, Rachel, told me that somebody she knew was chased from a cemetery for taking photos so I was a bit wary and didn’t take too many shots, not wishing to upset anyone myself. I took some that I’ll share later but for now here’s some wool! Casually left outside the cemetery gates where the senhora   was earlier knitting in the shade.

Rua 18 de Junho, Olhão. Portugal.

I like the colours. What do you think?

Canon EOS Rebel T3i / 600D
f/10
1/250 sec
ISO-100
focal length: 55mm

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He’s Got A Licence To Kill! Or Hare Today Gone Tomorrow.


I want those boots….

Not the wellies, don’t be silly!

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Nossa Senhora do Rosário, Olhão


f/4
1/3200 sec
ISO-200
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Nossa Senhora do Rosário (Olhão, Portugal) was built in the 17th century. This is actually the rear of the church and in my opinion more interesting. The three arches that you see are secured with an iron grille which protects the chapel of Nossa Senhora dos Aflitos, where townswomen traditionally gathered to pray for their menfolk when there was a storm out at sea. Nowadays wax models of children and limbs sit amid candles as ex voto offerings for fertility and to cure ailments.

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focal length 34mm

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focal length 33mm

These photos all taken with Canon EOS Rebel T3i / 600D
EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II

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Porta sessenta e quatro


porta sessenta-quatro

Location: Olhão, Eastern Algarve, Portugal
Taken with a Samsung Galaxy Note GT – N7000

F-stop: f/2.6
Exp: 1/2077 sec.
ISO-100
Focal Length: 4mm
Max Aperture: 2.81

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Olhão – O Primeiro Dia


Do I come here to listen to Fado? No.
Do I like Teresa Salguiero? Yes.
Do I come here to fish? No.
Do I come here to eat fish? Yes.
Do I eat fish today? Not yet.

I do not have the skill for writing and photographing a travel blog yet. I was too excited at meeting my dear friend Rachel to take photos at the airport taxi rank. We chatted all the way in the taxi to her apartment. Rachel felt cold and I was wilting, unaccustomed as I am to temperatures of 20°C in March!
The trip seemed very brief, then up the elevator, kettle boiled, coffee in the cafetière and five minutes later I was presented with two Portuguese custard tarts. Sorry no photo’s but they really are my favourites so they just didn’t last long enough to record for posterity!
Then out to explore but as many of you will know it’s difficult taking shots when you’re with an old friend. So the first day is rather mean with the photo’s. We went for a tosta mista (toasted ham and cheese sandwich) and coffee and got stuck as the storm that had been threatening finally arrived. Provided nice dark clouds though and here they are.

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