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Shades of Lisbon

This is black & white modern Lisbon. This is the modern architecture with real people in it. This is concrete and iron and glass and water being inhabited by people passing by, standing still, resting. This is Parque das Nações, the new part of the city built for Expo’98. This is what remains almost 18 years after the whole world came to Lisbon to celebrate its diversity, culture and progress.

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Lisboa: Praça do Comércio

Film photography, especially in black and white, is like travelling back in time. And when your theme is a city like Lisbon, that feeling doubles. This is Praça do Comércio, one of the mightiest and a mandatory pit stop for tourists, photographers and filmmakers.

This square is nothing short on History: it was once the most important trading point of Portugal. Boats and ships came up river, docked in the shores of Tagus and unloaded all the riches of the Empire. The arc’s called Arco da Rua Augusta and welcomes everybody standing as the city entrance. The whole square was built after the 1755 earthquake, an event that destroyed half the city and paved the way for one of the world’s most important architects and city planners that ever lived: Marquês do Pombal.

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Happy New Year from Sesimbra

Sesimbra is a seashore village, South of Lisbon, where life takes place by the sea, comes from the sea and lives by it. Fishermen and their boats, scuba divers and simple beach goers that rest on the peaceful waters by the cove, the many restaurants available all day. But the New Year’s Eve is one time where everybody’s watch ticks the same: fireworks is on! Either by the lighthouse, the beach or the castle, it’s magnificent to see light and sparkles filling up the sea with all shades of red, orange, blue, golden and many more.

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Lisboa

Esta escultura metálica de Jorge Vieira convive com a arquitectura neoclássica envolvente da Praça do Município. A obra de ferro em estilo abstracto foi executada para a CML em 1998.

A Praça do Município, entre a baixa pombalina e o rio Tejo, alberga o edifício dos Paços do Concelho, sede da Câmara Municipal de Lisboa. Foi nesta praça, que a dia 5 de Outubro de 1910 foi proclamada a República.

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Repérage, em francês, ou location scouting, em inglês, significam a mesma coisa: a fase de pré-produção para descobrir o melhor local para um trabalho em fotografia e/ou vídeo. Mas para um fotógrafo, significa deixarmo-nos inspirar pelos detalhes de uma cidade e das suas ruas.

Assim acontece com Lisboa e com as suas ruas cheias de nacionalidades diferentes, que vivem lado a lado em harmonia. Ao passar na histórica Rua dos Bacalhoeiros, o cheiro a bacalhau, a conservas e a especiarias é um passaporte para viajar.