A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
239: Lantern and shadow
Since 1980, Ouro Preto -former capital of Minas Gerais – takes part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. The town, located in a mountainous region, has its riches thanks to the extraction of gold and precious stones. In the cozy historic center you will find numerous shops with a wide array of precious and semiprecious stones, which attract many tourists. At a small outdoor market numerous objects of soapstone are offered at attractive prices. But tourists do not only visit Ouro Preto to buy stones and jewels. They marvel at the richly decorated churches, public buildings, and private homes. They visit cozy but narrow streets that are adorned with antique lanterns that cast their shadows on the whitewashed walls in the evening.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2009, 2017