Portugal was one of those countries I had no desire of visiting. I overheard someone talk about it while waiting to board my flight, but I didn’t give it much thought.
It was 1997 and I had just landed in Prague, Czech Republic, in the winter month of December to shoot for a magazine. I had no idea how brutal the cold is . So after tolerating three days of cold face and numb ears, I went to a travel agent and ask where is the warmest place in Europe at this time of the year. And it was Lisbon, Portugal. Next day I left. I had gone from -16°Ç to +16°C in less than 12 hours.
I ended up staying in Portugal for 6 months and made a lot of friends there through my fashion work. In fact I enjoyed my time there I that I spent another two more summers in Lisbon.
“I was on my way walking back home after a tiresome day shooting fashion on location. I decided to stop before an upcoming hill and watched this old lady feeding pigeons on the square before sunset. My initial desire was just to capture the sunset over Lisbon but the sudden sound of the traffic must have caused the birds to fly off. So I took the shoot just as the birds were in the air. I thought I had a least 3 frames left on my 35 mm roll in my Nikon, but I had only one frame left.
I didn’t really think much of it until I saw the contact sheet three days later. It’s still one of my favourite photographs that will always reflect a captured moment and that magical thing about photography. A great shot can happen anywhere, anytime”.
- The city is actually four centuries older than Rome, according to historians.
- Its has the longest bridge in Europe 17 kilometers is The Vasco Da Gama Bridge in Lisbon.
- Portugal is surprisingly a top place for surfing with 800 kilometers of coastline and 365 days of surf!