Photographer's Note

I had a terrible weather on Madeira. It was quite cruel. When I left home a heat wave with beautiful susnshine started in England. At the same time on the day on my arrival thick layer of clouds arrived to Madeira island. The weather got beautiful in Madeira on the day of my departure again. We went there for two reasons. 1. In the search for the sun, which we nearly didn’t see for most of the week, and 2. To make a lot of sightseeing, and on most of the trips we had it was raining or at least the sky was overcast. Here I had one of the rare moments when the sun came out from behind the clouds.

The photo was taken on Praça do Município (Town Hall Square) in Funchal, main town of Madeira. The church which you see here is Igreja do Colégio - Igreja de São João Evangelista. I really like the context of the typical Portuguese pavement (read more about it below) and the repeated motif of the taxi cab.

Portuguese pavement, known in Portuguese as calçada portuguesa or simply calçada is a traditional-style pavement used for many pedestrian areas in Portugal. It consists of small flat pieces of stones arranged in a pattern or image, like a mosaic. It can also be found in Olivença (a disputed territory administered by Spain) and throughout former Portuguese colonies. Portuguese workers are also hired for their skill in creating these pavements in places such as Gibraltar. Being usually used in sidewalks, it is in town squares and atriums that this art finds its deepest expression.

One of the most distinctive uses of this paving technique is the image of Saint-Queen Elizabeth of Portugal, (Santa Rainha Isabel) in Coimbra, designed with black and white stones of basalt and limestone.


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