a11 March 2012

The Ruins of the Carmo Convent

The Ruins of the Carmo Convent by Wojciech Toman (WojciechToman) on 500px.comIt's another photo taken in Lisbon. This one depicts the ruins of the Carmo Convent which as many other buildings in the city was severely damaged during the earthquake in 1755 (library and 5000 books were all lost). The Carmo Convent was founded as a convent for the Camelite Order in 1389 and was finished by 1423. This gothic building despite being just ruins still is very impressive. The only bad thing is that photographing and filming inside the building is strictly forbidden. To my despair as the textures and light falling on the graves of the Portuguese kings (eg. King Ferdinand I) inside were just brilliant and would make for some exceptional shots...

The photo on the left was taken during the golden hour. I loved the play of light and shadows on the wall in the back of the shot and decided on the black & white treatment to make it look even better and enhance details in the walls and pillars.

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