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Washing tank by João Figueiredo

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According to what I know, in Europe there was allways common to have public water tanks like this (or quite similar) so that people could wash their clothes. Again, in Europe, these water tanks got very common and popular somewhen around the 18th century when Europe’s population grew significantly (especially in towns and cities) fruit of the enrichment brought by the colonization.

In Portugal these were still pretty much used in the rural world until the mid 90’s not because people couldn’t afford to buy a waching mashine, but because to frequent a place like this would mean not just to wash the clothes but as well to meet with other people and know the latest local news and especially because to buy a washing machine in the rural world it was seen as a “bourgeois” atitude of a bad and lazy house wife. Fortunately those days are over, though aparently there is still someone who was using this one recently…

This tank was built just by the Valença’s old city walls (by the medieval facilities for watering the horses and nobility’s bath), using the medieval water system that still works today as you can see.

Want to know how it used to be? See this (in Portuguese but worth for the images)

Valença – Portugal


Canon EOS 550D + 50mm lens + CPL filter
f3.5 opening / 1/320 sec exposure

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Self tought. I am still learning, I allways will be! Landscapes and nature were, are and allways will be my favourite thing to shoot. Other motifs? Yeah, they will come as well…

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  • John44
    John44about 2 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • Thank you so much John! It wasn’t easy to shoot with such a strong daylight…

    – João Figueiredo

  • CanyonWind
  • Very much appreciated!

    – João Figueiredo

  • Fara
    Faraabout 2 years ago

    How wonderful Joao…………………….love the soft stone and the green gradually encroaching…………………..Joyce

  • Thank you Joyce! Very much appreciated for the comment and the fave, I love it when other do as well! :)

    – João Figueiredo

  • Dlouise
    Dlouiseabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful,,,interesting history to this too!!

  • Thanks Louise! It’s the charm of Europe, a very old background… Thank you so much for the fave and the visit!

    – João Figueiredo

  • Maisie Sinclair
    Maisie Sinclairabout 2 years ago

    This is so great!! :-))

  • Thanks Maisie!! Much appreciated for the visit!

    – João Figueiredo

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteabout 2 years ago

    Superbly captured Joao.

  • Thanks so much for the fave and the nice comment Julie! Very much appreciated!

    – João Figueiredo

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful image, Joao…I love the reflections!! :)))

  • Thank you Laurie! Very much appreciated!

    – João Figueiredo

  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...about 2 years ago

  • Muito agradecido Tereza!

    – João Figueiredo

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