Monday, April 2, 2012

Decay (LVII)



These strange murals are just a few meters apart and I have absolutely no idea what they mean. Jugding from the altar(?) in the bottom pic, I guess some kind of weird cult takes place here. This is Mouraria, one of Lisbon's oldest districts mainly inhabited by immigrants from all corners of the world.

Update: NixBlog has identified the Mandrake on the second mural, a plant used in witchcraft. Thank you!
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34 comments:

San said...

This first picture is so stunning. It's art and the bike looks like it's carefully placed there, to make the picture even more interesting.

Have a great new week and month.

Dina said...

Kinda scary.

Babzy said...

your post matches the cobblestone theme also ;)

JM said...

@Dina: Indeed! :-)

Olivier said...

surprenant comme symbole, on le dirait sorti d'une vieille religion

brattcat said...

hmmm, i wonder if one of your followers will fill us in on this. i, too, find these shots very appealing as art-photography, particularly that top one.

Shaun_ShutterBug said...

I would love to see the first photo in HDR or black and white. Its got alot of depth and character to it.
Excellent work
Valleys ShutterBug

Cezar and Léia said...

Well it's different indeed! I like the bike detail in your first shot!
Léia

TexWisGirl said...

hmmm. makes me nervous to think about it.

Kathy said...

More cobblestones, this time the nondesigner type! I'm with the guy who suggested HDR or B&W. I don't know about B&W, if there is enough contrast between light and dark, but HDR effect for sure. I know a good website where you can get a free 30-day trial of a program with lots of HDR effects if you're interested.

Sylvia K said...

Intriguing, but a tad scary indeed! Terrific captures as always, JM! Have a great week!

Sylvia

ladyfi said...

That first shot is amazing!

Photo Cache said...

I'm a bit scared too.

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Rob and Mandy said...

Weird indeed. Some kind of masonic thing maybe.

Kay said...

Very provacative! These are unsettling. . .they represent something unknown and they are powerful images. I wonder if we might be more comfortable if we knew what these places represent to the people who use them. And if they were very well used, would there be grass growing on the stairs?

Lowell said...

Maybe you should sneak in close about midnight and see what goes on. Take an infrared camera, too! I see that there's a fire hydrant close by. That's good in case they start sacrificing some thing on the altar and it turns into a big fire! ;-)

I'm not sure you should have been walking around here in broad daylight!

Andrew said...

Wonderful to see..

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Unusual, but that is what makes them great!

JM said...

@Rob: Masonic? Mmmmm... I don't think so, this area is too poor for masons! :-)

@Lowell: LOL at the hidrant thing! Actually I was all alone there and didn't feel very confortable while I was taking these shots! :-)))

RedPat said...

Intriguing for sure!

Sharon said...

A very interesting little street altar. Who knows what strange things might happen here.

Jack said...

Odd. I have absolutely no idea what it represents.

NixBlog said...

Great shots of this strange and mystical place! IN the second photo the plant int he mural is the mandrake - long used by witches in their rituals. You may have found the meeting place of a coven!

Oakland Daily Photo said...

You've got cobblestones, decay, AND murals! You struck the Motherload! I don't know what they mean either but I bet there are some sly references to mind altering herbs in these images. This is no spray and run effort. They are well planned and well executed. I think they are powerful because they are mysterious. Hopefully time will reveal some of the mystery. Thanks, JM, for participating in this week's Monday Mural.

JM said...

@NixBlog: I searched on google and, yes, it is Mandrake! Thank you! I knew it could only be something really weird going on here.

@Oakland DP: Mind altering herbs... I thought so too: the mushroom and that leaf, which I know now it's not a 'disguised' Marijuana representation.

Halcyon said...

This does look odd. Is that some kind of place for people to pray?
ANyway, I like the decay!

Dina said...

A coven of witches?! Oi, JM, we will all forgive you for not going back to check it out.

JM said...

@Dina: :-)))

Francisca said...

I can't help with the mystery, but there's some interesting guessing going on here. :-)

VP said...

In the first picture they are clearly sacrificing a bicycle to someone...
Great catch, let us know more if you can!

Kay said...

Mandrake? And now I see a mushroom. It looks like whatever they're doing they aren't worried about being disturbed. Very spooky indeed!

Randy said...

Interesting.

Joan Elizabeth said...

Everything else fades into insignificance for me after that red hydrant and the cobblestones with weeds in the cracks.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I'm glad I came in late to this one JM, best comments ever haha! So you have here, decay, pebblestones, murals and perhaps even a sacrifice (the bike) sooo good!!