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).
Some more holiday snaps street photography, from two markets in Belo Horizonte. The first set are from the Sunday Market, which mainly sells clothing, toys and arty things alongside the Parque Municipal and Palácio das Artes: The second is from the central market, which sells just about anything you can imagine (although I am not sure about the bird-cage hats): All images were shot with the Ricoh GR in TAv mode using auto ISO and fixed focus. The indoor market shots are a bit of a stretch – to get […]
Some street images from some short walks in Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil. I hope that these capture some of the diversity of the people here in a town which spans everything from the mining communities to upmarket tourism. These were all taken on a short visit to the town, while wandering around looking at the sights (and sites) rather than actively setting out on a proper project. It would need a much longer visit to do this really well. Also, a couple of almost-but-not-quite street images that I quite […]
A short collection of images illustrating the open-cast mining, just north of Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil. This is historically the primary source of wealth and power in the region, and even today the mines feel more like city states than industry – characterised by their high security and ever present patrols, all neatly badged with the company name and emblem. These images were taken just a few kilometres north of Ouro Preto. This short excerpt from Google maps’ satellite imagery (CNES/Spot) shows some of the scale of the open-cast […]
A rather wet arrival in Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The hail and rain on arrival was bad enough that the streets became more navigable as rivers than as roads, although fortunately the bad weather vanished as quickly as it had appeared. A short collections of images of tourist snaps from the town. These are not particularly curated – most of the narrative shots were taken on film that is still a long way off being developed.
Some images from the central market in Diamantina, Minas Gerais, where stalls sell various forms of Cachaça (a spirit distilled from sugar cane), fruit and vegetables, and also some handicrafts and rocks and minerals for the tourists.