Of all the areas I first encountered in Lisbon Mouraria attracted me the most because of its sense of community. I was also lucky to find somewhere to live and a place to set up my darkroom.
Since moving here I have focused on projects collaborating with communities and exhibiting in outdoor spaces which are linked to those I am photographing. I am interested in people, communities and their history. How can we keep a communities history alive? How can we hold onto their memories in rapidly changing environments? I want to bring the past into the present in a way that is visual, creative and accessible to all; especially in historic neighbourhoods and in areas undergoing a process of change. My first project in Lisbon is called ‘A Tribute’ (2009) and is of the elderly in my neighbourhood. It is ongoing to this day and is updated every year.  Another community project is ‘Retratos de fado- a tribute to Mouraria’. This focuses on history, community and fado in Mouraria.  ‘Alma de Alfama’ is also an outdoor exhibit of the most traditional figures in the neighbourhood of Alfama in Lisbon.
My most recent exhibit is ‘The Sunny Corner’ in the Rua dos Lagares in Mouraria. It is a panel of 80 mosaics, depicting the local community with images integrated of the same community 100 years earlier.  The objective of the project is to remind us of the value of community and how we must treasure and protect it during times of change, when the very fabric of our communities are threatened.
You can find me in the Largo dos Trigueiros, together with my assistant Elisabetta and my faithful friend Dom Quixote – a Portuguese water dog. We are an ‘open studio’, and you are welcome to pass by and see what we are doing and browse through photos we have on display. I am always open to discussing and brainstorming project ideas.

Why Lisbon?
I passed through Lisbon for the first time in 2007 on my way for an assignment in São Tomé, and the city grabbed me immediately. Here I was amidst 7 hills, a magnificent river, the sea, a castle, alleys, tiny squares and extra-ordinary architecture. To top it all the magnificent light reflecting off the cities stone, and surrounding waters. I felt I had come home.
This city is both mysterious and magical. You think you have discovered it only to find another secret garden, an alley leading to a place you had never heard of, or another panel of century old tiles hidden behind overgrown vines.

The architecture and the light will always be here, however people come and go, and as a photographer it is the charismatic figures of the oldest neighbourhoods I love and I am drawn to. Their spirits are in the walls, alleys and cobbles of Alfama and Mouraria. They have characterized the oldest neighbourhoods of Lisbon and in turn the local history and daily life – past and present – have characterized them