Photographer's Note

The windows of Ouro Preto are a passion. When i the city I cannot avoid going around looking up to fully aprreciate all of them (a dangerous habit even more in a place were the streets are paved with old irregular stones!). While walking in one of the hilly narrow streets near the Tiradentes square I saw this local out on his balcony calmly observing the people passing by. The balconies were much apreciated by the rich inhabitantes that used to live in such houses during the colonial time. They came to their windows 'meet' the neighbouhrs, to get the latest news from the passers by and to accompany the street festivities. Even nowadays they're much appreciated during the Carnival (wich is one of the best in the state) and the Holly week whem the street is decorated with flowers. As we can see some locals still find the time to spend see life passing throught their windows.

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Additional Photos by Flavia J Soares (Flavia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1871 W: 87 N: 2339] (10352)
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