En route to Lisbon Castle from the gridded streets of Baixa and its bustling square we wandered the shaded lanes of Mouraria; a colourful little neighbourhood that almost feels independent from the rest of Lisbon.
Mouraria is a tiny community within a grander scheme where locals sit outside the church to eat their lunch, dine at the handful of cafés, stand around on the streets to talk or fetch their groceries from the local greengrocers or general store.
One particular street is of great interest because it is adorned with black and white images of the elderly residents. Camilla Watson has paid a wonderful tribute to the older generation who, in her own words, feels ‘their spirit makes this corner of Mouraria special’.
Her photography is elegantly expressive, capturing individuals perfectly in monochromatic brilliance, framing them in time for all to see and acknowledge.
It is this kind of tribute that gives Lisbon a real heart and true sense of community; that an individual is so moved to capture and share her love of the elderly people in her quiet corner of the city is testament to the good nature of the Portuguese people and something that so many cultures have forgotten.
Camilla Watson has immortalised her community and brought a sense of warmth and comfort to the lanes of Mouraria, a warmth that is spreading outwards into the city at large. Seeing the places and faces in person evokes feelings of familiarity, even upon first visit and perhaps makes the city less daunting to newcomers.
Take a look at our gallery of the tribute or read more about Lisbon.
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