Once again, not many words around it. The mood is not the best for that. The ones who know me better think that it it a strange thing, who am I and what have I done to Pedro? Not on the mood for a good chat?
Yeap, that’s true. Not on the mood. Sometimes… The silence…
Even so, this photo. I know, I know… It’s overexposed, almost burned… Yes, I know. It was not my intention, it was a kind of an accident but, I like it the way it is. No, let me be honest, I just love this photo.
I could say that it is because it reminds me of one of my favourite photographers, Nobuyoshi Araki and yes, it does reminds me of him, of his Polaroid photos, of all of his flowers and sexual innuendos. Maybe that’s the reason why. I do believe that it is not enough, that there’s gotta be another reason, one that I’m not seeing at the moment but maybe one day, maybe on certain glimpse of light, maybe with the right mood…
Sorry, I’m not in the mood for big words. It is Friday and at the moment I’m just thinking about going home, take off the shoes, lay down on the sofa and pretend to watch any television show until I let myself falling in to sleep.
After many years away from college, I returned some time ago to academic life, to study again, on a regular basis, with a goal in mind.
While taking a degree in Communication Sciences, with focus in culture and arts, I fell in love with this college and I learned to understand the spaces and times that comprise it, that make it unique and in its own way, rare, exquisite and extraordinary.
I know that many people don’t think the same way. Old structures and classrooms but not old enough to have the charm of history. A vintage look, without the patina that would make it shine… Even so, the place I should call my Alma Mater.
Located on the Rossio Square (the popular name of the Pedro IV Square) in Lisbon Downtown, this is one of the two bronze fountains imported from France in the 19th century to adorn the square, together with the typical Portuguese mosaic on the pavement.
For centuries, Rossio has been a meeting place for Lisbon people and for those who visit the city. For me, it has always been a place of remembrance, from the days in the 70s, when, together with my mother, I entered the green double-decker buses and crossed the city towards her work at IBM, or many years later, when I was in college and brought new students here for the “baptism” at the fountain…
The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Gardens also known as The Gulbenkian Park is a green area of approximately 7,5 hectares, right in the middle of the city and chosen by many as Lisbon best park.
In there you can find not only the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation head office but also the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and a Modern Art Centre. In there you can also find some lakes and an open-air amphitheatre with a seating capacity for around 1,000 people.
As you can imagine, here is the right place for someone who’s looking for the right spot to be alone as well as to be with someone, almost on a communion state with nature, but surrounded by the urban caos.
You will not find many garden benches, at least in the traditional sense, although throughout the park you can see many spaces reserved to quietness, to rest.
This is one of the few benches that I can identify, or at least relate to the traditional ones.
Another Garden Bench for my Garden Bench Polaroid Project. This one was taken with a Polaroid SX-70 Sonar SE using The Impossible Project Color Film for SX-70 Golden Frame, at Parque Eduardo VII, Lisbon.
Well, I did not become a huge fan of Golden Frame film. Maybe for some special events, for some specific photos, but for my generic use… Well, it is just cute, no more than that.