I have already mentioned in a previous post that associating a project with the photograph act is one of the best ways to stimulate our creativity.
I return to this topic to talk about a project that I started a few years ago, perhaps more than 8 or 10 years ago, which are the traditional inhabitants of Lisbon, better known by the Alfacinhas.
I’m sure you’ve had a chance to hear me talk about this project, and you’ve probably seen some photos that are part of the project, because I’ve had the opportunity to publish them on social networks.
Recalling the project origins, that are not very different in the way some projects begin, this started before even becoming an autonomous project.
In my walks in Lisbon streets, making street photography, one of my passions, the capture of photos in the old neighborhoods became natural and, since nine years ago, many photos of its residents were being recorded.
Initially there was no specific purpose of project, however when analyzing the photos, I identified a standardized body of work that led me to look at the subject in a more concrete way and seek to explore it as a project, based on the roots of the neighborhoods of Lisbon.
With the rapid growth of tourism in Lisbon, especially in the oldest and typical neighborhoods of the city, it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain the genuineness of local residents, especially in the newer ones, and the older, more traditional, will gradually disappearing.
The project aims to illustrate the Alfacinhas in multiple aspects of their experiences. The proximity relations with the neighborhood, natural and spontaneous portraits, old crafts at risk, the relationship with the neighborhood itself, in synthesis, clippings of habits created long ago that still resists.
Some people who had the opportunity to see the work, have told me the Alfacinhas beginning to be a testimony of an already missing Lisbon and, as such, a historical nature project.
This post is illustrated with some photos from the Alfacinhas portfolio and, for those interested, you will be able to see part of the project (16 photos) in the collective exhibition named InComum that is exposed at Atmosfera m space, in Lisbon (rua Castilho, No. 5), until September 14.
I intend, in a next opportunity, to present the Alfacinhas project in a wider exhibition, with more photos that’s part of the project.
If anyone knows of a cultural space that is interested in exposing the Alfacinhas, just say so.
Kisses and hugs.