Porto in February

porto-passion-of-christ

porto-passion-of-christ

As in other cases, Porto is not happy about being the second town in the country. As in other cases, there is a mixture of inferiority complex and pride in recognizing this sad yet undeniable fact. ‘We earn the money, the people of Lisbon spend in bars and restaurants’, some people of Porto would say. Very similar speech can be heard in Thessaloniki with regard to Athens or in Milan with regard to Rome. When we arrived in Porto there was strong rain and a storm. The next morning the sun stood high in the sky, the wind was freezing cold. What strikes me most, is the golden luxury you can find below that surface of diligence and modesty, this catholic flamboyance of pathos and sorrow. Porto seems to be hard hit by the crisis, it’s even more visible in this beautiful town than it is in Lisbon. In Bolhao, one of the quarters in the centre, many faces seemed to be exhausted, sometimes sad, yet the sorrow was not loudly articulated. It’s in the quiet and dark churches, where pathos is allowed.

All photos edited in lightroom with kodak tri-x preset.

porto-woman-melting-out-of-the-wall

porto-woman-melting-out-of-the-wall

porto-madonna-in-the-shop-window

porto-madonna-in-the-shop-window

porto-cafe-man-looking-out-of-the-window

porto-cafe-man-looking-out-of-the-window

porto-man-with-suitcase-in the-market-of-bolhao

porto-man-with-suitcase-in the-market-of-bolhao

porto-passion-of-christ

porto-passion-of-christ

porto-street-scene-with-melancholic-woman

porto-street-scene-with-melancholic-woman

porto-man-with-briefcase

porto-man-with-briefcase

porto-woman-smoking-in-the-apartment-tower

porto-woman-smoking-in-the-apartment-tower

porto-night-flash

porto-night-flash

porto-woman-on-bridge

porto-woman-on-bridge

porto-pub-scene

porto-pub-scene

Wie es häufiger der Fall ist, so ist auch Porto nicht glücklich darüber, nur die zweit’wichtigste’ Stadt des Landes zu sein. Und auch hier wird dieser traurigen aber unzweifelbaren Tatsache mit einer Mischung aus Minderwertigkeitskomplex und Stolz begegnet. ‚Wir erarbeiten das Geld, das in Lissabon in den Bars und Restaurants ausgegeben wird‘, würden nicht wenige Portoenser sagen. Ganz ähnliches könnte man auch in Thessaloniki in Bezug auf Athen oder in Mailand über Rom hören. Als wir in Porto ankamen, war starker Regen und Sturm. Am nächsten Morgen stand die Sonne am Himmel, der heftige Wind war kalt. Was mich am meisten erstaunt, ist der goldfarbene Luxus, den man unter der Oberfläche von Fleiß und Bescheidenheit finden kann, diese katholische Extravaganz aus Pathos und Leid. Porto scheint hart von der Krise getroffen zu sein, sie ist sichtbarer in dieser schönen Stadt als in Lissabon. In Bolhao, einem zentralen Viertel der Stadt, sahen viele Gesichter erschöpft aus, traurig, aber das Leid war leise. Laut wird es nur in der Dunkelheit und Stille der Kirchen, da, wo das Pathos erlaubt ist.

Alle Fotos wurden bearbeitet in lightroom mit dem vsco kodak tri-x preset.

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