Sunday, April 28, 2013
Part of a collection of tile designs I found in Lisbon.
Azulejo (Portuguese: [ɐzuˈleʒu], from the Arabic word Zellige زليج) is a form of Portuguese painted, tin-glazed, ceramic tilework. It has become a typical aspect of Portuguese culture, having been produced without interruption for five centuries. There is also a tradition of their production in former Portuguese and Spanish colonies in Latin America and in the Philippines.
In Portugal, azulejos are found on the interior and exterior of churches, palaces, ordinary houses and even railway stations or subway stations. They constitute a major aspect of Portuguese architecture as they are applied on walls, floors and even ceilings. They were not only used as an ornamental art form, but also had a specific functional capacity like temperature control at homes. Many azulejos chronicle major historical and cultural aspects of Portuguese history.
Friday, April 26, 2013
I've been living & working here for the last few weeks. New colours, shapes and places are so important.
"The Journeys I commit are nothing more than just bits of The Journey. Right from the start, I wander nomadically between more or less impermanent "encampments". I reach the summit and then descend again. I replenish myself and climb again. It matters little whether the summit is different or even which one it is; it is always 'IT'. Perhaps I climb merely to enjoy a better view, for a few moments, from a unique viewpoint. In general, when I reach the top, the overcast sky prevents me from seeing beyond my silhouette projected onto the surface of the clouds. If I believed in what I saw, I would not continue to want to see beyond what I can see, and I would give up moving. But a strange phenomenon means that I never wholly believe in what I see." Mattia Denisse
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Monday, April 8, 2013
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Last month I was lucky enough to be invited to speak at Semi Permanent in both Portland & Los Angeles on 13 & 22 March. I was staying at a friend's house on Venice Beach for a few days in between so I had a chance to document some of the locals who make up the boardwalk from Marina Del Ray to Santa Monica. Shot on Olympus XA2 35mm.