When one travels it’s normal to detect little details about a city that, even the locals, haven’t noticed or, at least, didn’t care that much about. It happens to me regularly and, usually, these details become the origin of a travel chronicle or, if more inspired, a poem or a short story.
Lisbon is a city that naturally inspires those who live here but also many foreigners, who come and feel stimulated, creating something new: from literature to music, my hometown has proved to be the breeding ground for many artists.
One of my favorite projects that resulted from a foreigner inspired by Lisbon is called ‘Windows of Lisbon’. Developed by the brazilian illustrator Camilla Coss, these drawings are a collection of portraits inspired by Lisbon locals at their windows.
As simple as that PedroL?? Yeah, it is so elemental that it becomes interesting: in fact, as someone from Lisbon I never thought about this detail, but Camilla noticed and turned this singularity into art. And that´s what I like the most about these ‘Windows of Lisbon’.
According to an interview I read with Camilla, she started to notice people in almost every window: one watching the streets; the other chatting with a neighbor; another one playing with its pet.
One day, Camilla found herself on a bench drawing these persons, their windows, their actions, and the result made her imagine the way people live here and, in the end, understand more about the portuguese and our culture.
Camilla’s ‘Windows’ are now part of Lisbon. When it came out she did some exhibitions and, presently, it’s still possible to find some of her ‘Windows’ as posters in the walls of the town, mainly in the old neighborhoods.
During the confinement (due to the covid crisis), I found one of these lovely posters and remembered the quote: ‘when a door closes, a window opens’. It made me smile and think how, for some time, people from all over the world might have acquired some Lisbon habits.
Lisbon Stories is a collection of chronicles related to my hometown
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