Convent, palace, library, church... built on a promise, the most important baroque building in Portugal.
It’s construction began in 1717, based on a promise made by the king D. João V who was whiling for a son to be the heir of the kingdom and it’s history inspired the Portuguese Nobel writer Saramago to write the book “Memorial do Convento”. It was only possible to be made because of the gold from Brazil and it represents the barroque architecture in Portugal, housing one of the most important library’s in the country (around 40000 books).
It is famous among Portuguese because of some interesting details. It is said that giant rats live at the convent, capable of eating humans. It is also said that a secret tunnel links the palace to Ericeira, a village near by. The set of 92 bells – carrilons – is claimed to be one of the biggest in Europe and the best in the world.
At the amazing library, you can visit the last habitants of the palace – the bats that eat the insects that destroy the books!
The Algarve region in the south of Portugal attracts tourists from all over Europe all year round. But what most people (luckily) don't know is that there is still a great unexplored part of the coast in Algarve, away from the masses and the cities. Come and see the Costa Vicentina, a diamond on Portugal's southwest coast.
If you are in search of a lesser known European city full of nice examples of art and architecture, I would recommend that you visit Palermo, the capital of the region of Sicily in the South of Italy. This city is rich with wonderful churches, squares, fountains, and other important monuments and buildings! Take a look after the jump!
How about letting bricks and stones fly in front of you? Pick your favorite pattern, the prettiest wall you can find or the most complicated lines you've ever seen on a building, grab the Oktomat and start shooting!
A new Lomowall showcasing the results of Lomography Portugal's two main competitions is currently on exhibit at the Embaixada in Lisbon, so make sure to swing by the gallery if you happen to be nearby!
William Eggleston is one of the most important contemporary master and pioneer of color photography. In this article I write a tribute to his particular democratic way of looking around. For him "Nothing was more important or less important", and everything is worthy of being photographed. Again, he is fond of the dear old film; he said that "I don't think much about the digital world, because I am in the analog world!". Read more after the jump!
The brazilian summer inspired camera is now at 20% off! You can now celebrate life in full color and treasure every culture in a snap! This summer is no exception; make sure you’re prepared to capture all the sporty action with the Fisheye No.2 Brazilian Summer Camera!
Emma Case is a UK-based alternative wedding photographer. Together with her husband Pete Smyth, she runs a successful business taking beautiful pictures of couples on one of the most important days of their lives! We gave Emma a Petzval Lens for her to test and the results are stunning. Say hello to Emma Case!
There’s something about New York that attracts people, something that makes both visitors from the most bucolic places and tourists from the most cosmopolitan of cities fall in love. Countless movies and television programs have been filmed in New York, and so many songs have been written in reminiscence of the place. It’s not just the Empire State Building, Times Square or Broadway; there’s something special about the streets and the people who walk on them that make spectators stop, look, and listen.
This is a homage to another important street and social photographer who captured the essence of the life in Paris. As a multi-faceted and versatile artist, he was involved in street photography, urban details, and experiments in pictorialism. In this article, I pay tribute to this great artist and one of his most important books: "Graffiti." Read more after the jump!
The New Petzval Lens is not only known for its elegant brass exterior, but most importantly for the swirly bokeh effect it can bring to photographs. It makes a great portrait lens and performs exceptionally when taking photos of subjects against textured or lit backgrounds, day or night. And it does all these, in wet or dry weather; in any season – winter, spring, summer, or fall.