Urbex (urban decay and dereliction) describes what you find in towns and city’s. There is no equivalent for locations deep in the countryside and Rurex doesn't sound as impressive. Bex and I found this location to the east of the Serra Estrela in such countryside.
The building was originally built in the 1930’s and for over twenty years it operated as hotel and health spa for up to 135 guests (90 bedrooms). It was well sought after with the guests benefiting from the healthy waters. That was where it all went wrong. In the 1950’s it was discovered that the water contained the naturally radio-active radon in it. The result was that people turned their backs on it and it finally closed in 1960.
Since then it has remained virtually untouched although some initial efforts in restoring the property were made about ten years ago. Today it is in very sorry state although the ‘owners’ are trying to deter visitors to the site. It is visible from miles around.
Bex and I had to park the car short of the building because large boulders had been placed on the ‘roadway’. We then clamber over deliberately felled trees (four times) before arriving at the site No easy with camera equipment and a suitcase of props.
In the time we were there we saw no-one and only heard the occasional dog bark from a farm in the distant landscape. There were also the sound of shot-guns but because of the regularity were probably automatic in an attempt to deter birds from eating the crop.
This gallery represents just a fraction of the photograph taken that day, which I have to add was chilly and breezy despite it being June. I have selected both colour and monochrome fashion to nude images. In many opinion monochrome provides a more dramatic backdrop
I hope you enjoy. Yours comments would be welcome.
During the recent hot weather I have been looking at some of my earlier photographs and in particular portraits. The result is I have been able to add a few more images to different galleries, including my Holly Flame Gallery
New additions to my gallery of images of Carla Monaco
This was an unplanned location. We were driving back to our hotel when the road on front was closed for the end of a car rally. So what to do with the time. It wasn't an option to sit in a hot car. So, we remembered a little turn off just back up the hill. It was fortuitous as both of us loved what we had found. A rough and rocky escarpment with huge boulders and a ground that was littered with quartz and slate fragments on very eroded ground.
The lack of rain and rocky soil meant that the trees that had been there had long since died and fallen. So we set too, first finding the peak. It was marked by one of the huge boulders. Climbing to the top there was an exclamation that she had the world at her feet. In many ways she had. Beyond the boulder the land fell away, probably more than a thousand feet to the valley below.
The result was a beautiful collection of images with poses that tried the reflect the landscape we found ourselves in. I have produced most of the images in the gallery in monochrome as this medium seemed to best reflect the drama of the location. I hope you enjoy. A comment would be appreciated once you've seen the gallery.
New additions to my East Anglia Gallery following a few days up in Suffolk. Southwold features as does St Botolph's Church at Iken. Many interesting images from both counties to give you flavour of what is on offer should you visit it.
For me the counties, particularly Suffolk seem to be being left behind. They are full of quaint and picturesque villages and towns with a beautiful coastline in addition.
The photograph featured is of Southwold Pier taken in the very late evening as storm clouds appear. It was the end of a very hot day. (30c+)
Like the photo's, how about indulging yourself in a print.
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