Since moving to Portugal in 2007 I have focused on projects collaborating with communities and exhibiting in outdoor spaces which are linked to the people 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 in a process of change. My first project called ‘A Tribute’ is the square where I had my first studio and is of the elderly in the neighbourhood. Another community project is ‘Retratos de fado- a tribute to Mouraria’. This focussed on history, community and fado in Mouraria. Most recently ‘Alma de Alfama’ 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 from the beginning of the 1900’s.
Of all the areas I first encountered in Lisbon Mouraria attracted me the most because of its sense of community. I was also lucky enough to easily find somewhere to live and a place to set up my darkroom.
I have recently moved my studio to Almada Velha, just on the otherside of the River Tejo. I have made the move because in the last few years the Largo dos Trigueiros in Mouraria has become very busy and with this came far too many distractions (both good and bad!) for me to work. Almada Velha has a community spirit. It is just a boat ride and a short walk away. You will find the address on the contact page.