A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
OCTOBER 2008: Excavator
Lake Pampulha, one of the most visited tourist sites in Belo Horizonte, is an artificial lake. The lake is not only of architectural value (works by Oscar Niemeyer), but also has a valuable variety of natural beauty. Tourist can not only see the local environment by a visit of the ecological park, but also by walks or bike rides along the seventeen-kilometer margin. Unfortunately, the scenery is in almost constant danger. A number of streams and sewage pipes flow into the lake, which result in the progressive destruction of the local flora and fauna. Aquatic plants grow lush, and must be removed regularly. Contaminated sludge and sediment waste is regularly removed with large excavators. At the time of the photo the sun had almost disappeared on the horizon. There was almost no wind; therefore, the water surface shows an quite sharp mirror image of one of the excavators.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2008, 2016