Trunk flea market

Trunk flea market

There was a flea market a couple of weeks ago in a parking lot in Benfica. An unusual kind of flea market. A trunk market (Feira da Bagageira), to be more accurate. If you were registered, all you had to do was stuff your trunk with junk, park the car in a space and sell your junk. Of course, not all trunks were full of junk. Some of the vendors were noticeably professionals and antique traders. Their level of organization and point-of-sale design were top notch – with all the grandmother clocks, the…Read more
Work and leisure in the northeast

Work and leisure in the northeast

An architecture job we were hired to do took three of us on a road trip to the northeastern region of Beira Interior. The gig - the renovation of a typical dark granite house in the small village of Argomil - requires thorough measurement of the house's geometry. Trouble was that the house was abandoned a long time ago and now serves as home for a bunch of wasps and a ton of assorted crap! Neither of them made the measuring job easier. So, the good news after a tough afternoon among the wasps was…Read more
Uma só palavra (ROMA)

Uma só palavra (ROMA)

O encenador do espectáculo Uma Só Palavra (ROMA) e meu amigo convidou-me a assistir à apresentação final no Estoril. Pude assistir aos últimos preparativos do grupo, a correcções de luz, os últimos toques na dinâmica de algumas cenas, a colocação do cenário. Muitas coisas podem correr mal quando  se tem vinte e seis actores de idades entre os dez e os setenta e um anos no palco durante todo o espectáculo. The director of the play Uma Só Palavra (ROMA) (One Single Word (ROME)) and friend of mine, invited me over to watch the final show of the play by Grupo de Teatro…Read more
Bad Mama Classic

Bad Mama Classic

Bad Mama Classic is a hot chili sauce brand with roots in London, Paris and Chad. Jim, the creator, and I met on a windy wednesday and he invited me over for a photoshoot he was doing in the same evening to promote his product. The setup was simple: a street party in the old dock district of Lisboa, organized by La Famiglia, the crew of Pizza em Companhia, a true italian pizza nearby joint - with reggae music, roasted pork, cold drinks and good people. Jim took photos of people sporting Bad Mama aprons and tasting the…Read more
Desenho cru with self performances

Desenho cru with self performances

The june session of Desenho Cru didn't have performers. Or better still, the sketchers present acted as performers, each posing for ten minutes for their counterparts. Each had to bring an object and pose with it, but only a couple of tonight's performers had actually brought them. The warm summery spring night favored an outdoors session, in the nice patio that the studio has just outside the usual sketching room. Keeping the colors right was a challenge, because of the outdoor lights. The yellows and greens tended to vanish under them. The sketching itch had to…Read more
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