Month: February 2016

Roots

My hometown in Portugal is a city next to Lisbon called Almada. Growing up in an urban city environment gave me tons of suburban knowledge, but mostly a sense of hard work and sacrifice. You may think that crossing a river is no big deal, but when you only have two car bridges and one ferry which closes at 01h30am it becomes a lifestyle choice. You cannot cross freely to the other side. They don’t allow bicycles on those bridges and it’s prohibited to walk there. But hey, that’s not the point. The point is that most of the people working in Lisbon are actually living outside the city in other suburban areas (like any other big city, 85% of the population don’t live in the city center). My town is one of them specially for being so close to the riverside of the capital. Almada changed during the 00’s because it needed to be transferred from the 80’s, 90’s graffiti vibe to a more refreshed version of “Look at us! We also belong to …

Restless

I’m not sure if it’s an age gap thing or if it’s part of coming of age… I don’t understand why in the past society implied that when you gain a certain age or a defined position, you automatically “know it all”, become unreachable and of course, you don’t need to know anything else in the world… knowledge stops at some point?! I don’t accept that fact in life. I only take things as they come because I work hard to get them. Conquering goals isn’t something that just happens magically. You have to be persistent and humble enough to gain entitlement. To yourself. And after your smart choices and bravery, your hard work will start blooming. That’s it. To be confident in what you do, you must break a few eggs, make loads of mistakes until you get it right. This is as real as it gets.

The Backstage

My favorite place to focus is the backstage. There you can marvel yourself with the most incredible things: costumes, wigs, make-up, scenario, blankets, all sorts of objects and boxes just hangin’ out. They’re usually a part of your production or someone else’s. Those pieces all piled up look like a classy installation of some 70’s artists. Also, what I love about being backstage is: usually it’s the calmest place to rehearse and to experiment. The soundproofing environment or wood shrieks of an old stage can really make you focus on what’s important at that particular moment when you dedicate yourself creating a performance. During rehearsals or even as requested by some friends I take photographs. Usually is to share on social media, other times is just keep them (I feel nowadays we share a lot of things but we don’t keep the important stuff anymore). So here’s a couple of shots I took during theatre plays and other backstage environments: