I can tell with no doubt now, looking back, writing this a year after I took these photos, that the day after the Brexit referendum was the saddest day for me in a long time. I felt like a dear friend had died.
I decided to go out and photograph the general mood of people on the day they were supposed to be voting to Leave or Remain in the European Union.
The people I saw in the area of the Square Mile, the Financial City — London, were nervous, anxious, I saw people sobbing, I saw near car crashes. I saw people completely drunk, alone, at 4pm. It was a weekday so they would be coming from work, maybe? Everyone was as afraid as I was that a simple vote would change their lives.
London voted mostly to Remain. A city that thrives on it's diversity could only chose to Remain... I forget sometimes that London is only a city in a much bigger country.
The next morning I was awoken with the words "Brexit won." I cried afterwards.
Strange times we live in.
The nightingale farm
It is because of her love of Nature that Maria José Bernardino, choreographer and dance teacher from Almada, goes every weekend to the village of Seda, Alter do Chão, where she owns and tends a vegetable garden by a brook.
Every story told by Maria José is born here. She has worked with this garden for 18 years, more recently with permaculture. Here she observes little saplings sprouting, and the land, very fertile, overflowing with life. This is where she feeds her dreams and creative spirit. It’s the perfect ecosystem — she tells me. Where no fertilisers or insecticides are allowed, the earth regenerates in harmony. The land gives back in gratitude for the dedication it receives.
This series is solely about the crossing of the river Tagus in Lisbon, Portugal, by ferry —the Cacilheiro.
All my life I used these ferries to commute. One day I decided to move to London and with that I realised that my daily commute was over. People like me that grow up in Almada, learn to love the river only because of this daily 10-minute journey. I decided to photograph what the commute looked like, always with a feeling of sadness for leaving it behind.
Since this series was shot, one of the ferries in the photos has been decommissioned.
A man has no hope in life. Inspired in Chico Buarque's song Construção.
Ana's 4th move
My friend Ana, arrived in London a year ago. Since then she already lived in three places and just moved to the fourth one. Her friend Gonçalo helped packing and unpacking.
Renting a decent/affordable room in London is a difficult task due to the housing crisis... The shortage of accommodation inflates the prices and the landlords take great advantage from it.