[new brazilian topographics]

Obelisk of the State Center – Geometric center of the State of São Paulo. Construction 1951 (71 years). National heritage. Classification: CONDEPHAAT. City of Dorado. Coordinates: 22° 04′ 12″ S 48° 26′ 01″ W.

It is located at the confluence of the ‘Comandante João Ribeiro de Barros highway’ (SP-255) with the ‘Luís Augusto de Oliveira Highway’ (SP-215) in the municipality of Dourado, 265 km from São Paulo city, the state capital city.


An obelisk was erected near the site, marking the proximity to the geometric center of the state, or geographic center as it is better known. The monument lacks information boards and the date of its construction remains unknown. A document from 1967, about a bus route in the region that passed by the obelisk, allows us to say that its construction took place during or before that year. In addition, a nearby restaurant called “Restaurante e Lanchonete Obelisco” has existed since 1952, an indication that the obelisk was already built in that year.

The true geographic center of the state of São Paulo is located approximately one and a half kilometers from the obelisk, within a private property, which suggests that the monument was built in that location in a public and easily accessible area. (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

[dark is the night]


[there was night and there were shadows in the night … there was a saint who lost his head … there was a kitchen chimney that spewed white smoke in the dark of night … deep are the shadows of night … there was a man who stood in front of a glass window looking at his shadow in the night … but there was a chimney from the kitchen that spewed white smoke into the dark shadows of the night]

…DARK IS THE NIGHT…
…DARK IS THE NIGHT…

… there was a saint who lost his head …
… there was a kitchen chimney that spewed white smoke in the dark of night …

{photograph how it feels not how it looks}

There are several ‘maxims’ of the great photographer Ansel Adams.
Alluding to my photograph of a landscape from Serra do Fumal (southeast part of Serra da Canastra, MG-Brazil) – taken last week – I wanted to rescue one of these ‘maxims’.

In short: “photograph how it feels (not how it looks)”. Because in photography, let’s not forget, “it’s more about the emotion it evokes in the viewer than about its appearance”.

If not, here’s what Adams says in this context: “My Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico has the emotion and feeling that the experience of seeing a real moonrise created in me, but it’s not realistic at all. Simply clicking the camera and making a simple print of the negative would have created an entirely different – and ordinary – photograph. People ask me why the sky is so dark, thinking exactly in terms of the literal. But the dark sky is what it looked like.”

I’ve been told…that’s all for now…
Hope you like it….