To finish off the sequence “Relics”, some photographs and information about the hotel and surrounding area where the pictures were taken. Unusually, we have a mix of colour, black-and-white, digital and film images all shown together – reflecting the diverse photographic subject matter in this area. The Hotel Relicário is a strange place. The lasting impression is of a mountain refuge crossed with an antiques museum. It is one of the most unique places that we have ever visited, and one of the few that we would without reservation (or possibly with) return […]
The last in the series. Leica M7 with Zeiss 2/35 and Ilford HP5+. For the terminally curious, the remainder of the series of candidate images for this sequence are here: Tomorrow, back to some colour photography…
Leica M7 with Zeiss 2/35 and Ilford HP5+.
Old wooden desk. The building is in quite bad condition here, with sections of the roof having collapsed. Leica M7 with Zeiss 2/35 and Ilford HP5+.
Abandoned plough, small wooden cart and cachaça still.
I have no idea what to make of this. It seems likely that the toothed wheel was at some point recycled as part of a table, before the building was abandoned.
A room with a view (and good ventilation).
Given all of the iron ore in Minas Gerais, it is surprisingly how frequently we found structures such as this (probably part of an old press) as well as wheels made from wood.
Abandoned house. I think that this was originally as part of a hotel expansion, but it is now gradually disintegrating.
Abandoned chair with writing desk and cabinet. Taken with the Lecia M7 with Zeiss 2/35 and Ilford HP5+. The light was very low and it was quite difficult to hold the camera steady while trying also to get the framing in a rather confined space.
Abandoned wooden cart and cachaça still.
Gears used as part of a belt-driven sugar-cane press. The juice would have been fermented to make cachaça. Behind this room is another with a pair of abandoned stills.
I am still catching up with the film processing and scanning. This is the first in a series of images all taken of or around abandoned buildings at the astonishing Hotel Relicário, in Minas Gerais. We will write more about the hotel specifically later on. All the photographs in this series were taken with the Leica M7, Zeiss ZM 2/35 and Ilford HP5+ (the last roll I had left on this trip).