Wandering in Lisboa


"By day Lisbon has a naive theatrical quality that enchants and captivates, but by night it is a fairy-tale city, descending over lighted terraces to the sea, like a woman in festive garments going down to meet her dark lover." - Erich Maria Remarque


I was fortunate to spend 10 very special days in Lisbon, Portugal, in July 2018, while attending the XXIII International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology . I was invited by the FCSH (where I did my Masters) to be one of the Keynote speakers of the event and my presentation was a) an overview of my work as a photographer; and b) some ideas about how photography can be an important tool of both Human Ecology and Environmental Education.


It was a humbling experience to be speaking along with so many professors and researchers I follow and admire, and it certainly helped me to expand even more my ideas about Human Ecology and the different ways through which it can be used - including photography - to help us shift paradigms and build more sustainable, just societies.

I met some wonderful people, saw inspiring presentations and learned a lot about all sorts of social-environmental issues in many parts of the world. It was also great to catch up with colleagues, professors and friends, and, of course, it was a pure joy to wander around Lisbon with my Leica.

I was just starting out with photography when I lived in Lisbon, and I don't even have those pictures anymore - I'm pretty sure they were not really nice anyway -, so I was obviously super excited with the opportunity to be back there and photograph this wonderful city that attracts a growing number of visitors each year thanks to its charm, culture, food and hospitability.

I shot 6 rolls with Leica but only developed 2 so far. Photographing Lisbon with my Leica was such a joy! I shot with my Fujifilm X-T2 only on the very first day; for the remaining nine, all I had with me was the Leica :)

You can check my favorite images from these two first rolls at this gallery here. I will updated it as I develop the other 4 rolls...


I walked countless miles a day; drunk lots of coffee; tried all sorts of local food at cosy, family-owned restaurants; enjoyed "Imperiais" (local, tap beer); listened to Fado and photographed a lot, during the day and also at night - when Lisbon, like the quote at the beginning of the post says, becomes simply magical, with an irresistible Midnight in Lisbon feel to it... 

I hope I will have the chance to be back there soon...and I also can't wait to explore other parts of Portugal I didn't have the chance to see when I lived there in 2011-12...

I'll be back here next week with the books recommendations from both June and July...

And if you wanna have a better taste of my time in Lisbon, go to my Instagram page and find the highlights story L I S B O A! There is a bunch of photos and videos over there :) 


Bernardo Salce