2.26.2013

A cat among the green grass

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Taken with a Canon EOS 500N using Fujifilm Superia 200iso (expired in 2005)

Cada vez que encontro o gato da segunda fotografia, ele deixa-me aproximar um pouco mais do que a última vez que nos encontrámos. Só tenho pena de não ter dado mais uns passos em frente, porque tenho a certeza de que tiraria uma fotografia muito melhor do que esta.

Every time I find the cat on the second photo, he lets me get a little more closer than the last time we met. I'm really sorry I didn't take a few more steps forward, because I'm sure I would've taken a photo way better than this one.

2.25.2013

Eleven little things

No mês passado, a talentosa e amorosa Jessica do blogue Look Closer atribuiu-me um Liebster award, o que significa que devo responder a onze perguntas feitas por ela e partilhar onze coisas sobre a minha pessoa. Por razões práticas, escrevi tudo em inglês (se quiserem que eu traduza para português, é só dizerem). Aqui vai!

Last month, the talented and lovely Jessica from Look Closer nominated me for a Liebster award, which means I must answer eleven questions made by her and share eleven things about myself. For practical reasons, I wrote it all in english. Here goes!   

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Taken with a Yashica FX-3 Super 2000 using Kodak Ultramax 400iso

  1. What photographic camera do you use? My analog cameras are a Yashica FX-3 Super 2000 (the one I use the most), a Canon EOS 500N and a Rolleicord VB (my most recent crush!). For my digital photos I use a Panasonic Lumix FZ45.
  2. Favorite model? I really like girls who look confident and cool, and since I can't pick one I must say Freja Beha Erichsen, Sara Blomqvist, Karmen Pedaru and Joan Smalls.
  3. Favorite International Photographer and National Photographer? This is tricky, because even though I'm becoming more and more passionate about taking photos, I find that I prefer to look at photos taken by amateur photographers that just snap images of their daily lives, so I don't have that many names that I can reference as this or that major photographer. But I'm currently in love with Vivian Maier (go and check it out, it's worth it!).
  4. What time of photography do you prefer? Whenever I'm out with a camera in my hand (as you can see, I ponder so much on the important side of things). This is why sometimes I make stupid mistakes, I click before I think.
  5. Do you like to take pictures or that people take pictures of you? I hate having my picture taken, 'cause I often look quite stupid, so yeah I much rather just take pictures.
  6. If you were a celebrity, who would you be? Oh my, I would love to be Frida Kahlo (not the most pain-free kind of life, but she was so interesting that I'll take my chances).
  7. High-Fashion or Weird-Fashion? High-Fashion.
  8. Favorite clothe store? I'm really not an avid shopper and the proof is that I can't even remember the last time I bought a piece of clothing. That being said I once got into an Anthropologie store in London (after being constantly amazed by their online store and catalogs) and could have stayed there forever.
  9. Best shoe brand? I really don't know. I'm the kind of person that's happy wearing beaten up Converse sneakers almost every day (clearly the fashion expert I am).
  10. Favorite place ever? I have to say a beach house in Mozambique where I spent the best vacation ever when I was a teenager. Two weeks of pure bliss. We would spend the days swimming in the sea, watching sunsets on the terrace, playing guitar and singing. 
  11. Where do you see yourself having a big house? I don't know, I think I haven't found a place that appealed that much to me that I would say: "One day, I want to have a big house right here!". I know I would love to be somewhere close to water and surrounded by nature.

  1. I love to sing, but was always too self-conscious to pursue it as a career.
  2. I hate to throw away stuff that still works, and that's the story of how I've been using the same computer for over 10 years (and I think about destroying it with a hammer every single day).
  3. I'm messy and I hate cleaning, so let's just say my bedroom isn't fit for people that are very organized and/or have allergies and/or have asthma (and these are all characteristics of a very dear friend of mine who, fortunately for her, hasn't been in my room in years).
  4. I don't like people with bad manners. The words "please" and "thank you" will take you far, trust me.
  5. My guitar has been abandoned in a corner for years, but last week I decided to start playing again (I was never the most amazing of guitar players, so it's been a slow start).
  6. I love to travel! I could do it every month, if I had the money for it.
  7. I love to listen to my dad's old jazz records, especially when I'm cooking.
  8. Dancing makes me extremely happy. And when I do it to the sound of Bruce Springsteen, I'm even happier.
  9. I'm lazy. It's the sad truth.
  10. Sometimes, when I'm in a conversation with someone, I tend to start thinking about many other things, and that's how I end up forgetting a lot of important stuff. Ask my friends if they're not tired of having to repeat the same things to me over and over again.
  11. I love fog and thunderstorms. 

2.20.2013

Orange zest

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Taken with a Canon EOS 500N using Fujifilm Superia 200iso (expired in 2005)

2.19.2013

Searching for spring

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A primeira fotografia também vai para a lista das preferidas de todo o sempre!

That first photo is also going to the list of my all time favourites!

2.18.2013

Coolitude

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Taken with a Canon EOS 500N using Fujifilm Superia 200iso (expired in 2005)

Mais do Espaço Brasil, agora em visão nocturna. Impõe-se uma visita muito mais demorada na próxima vez que lá passar.

More from Espaço Brasil, now in night vision. It's mandatory that I make a much longer visit the next time I go there.

2.15.2013

On the road

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Taken with a Canon EOS 500N using Fujifilm Superia 200iso (expired in 2005)

Ainda se lembram da tarde que passei em Setúbal? Pois bem, se à ida fui pela auto-estrada, à vinda escolhi seguir pela estrada nacional e apanhar um pouco do ar da Arrábida. Demora mais tempo (ainda mais se contarmos com as vezes em que paramos o carro para tirar fotografias), mas é infinitamente mais bonito.

Do your still remember the afternoon I spent in Setúbal? Well then, on my way there I drove through the freeway and decided to return through the national road and catch a little of the Arrábida air. It takes more time (even more if we count the times we stop the car to take photos), but it is much more beautiful.

2.14.2013

The things we keep

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Taken with a Canon EOS 500N using Fujifilm Superia 200iso (expired in 2005)

As primeiras três fotos foram tiradas em casa da minha avó materna e as restantes três na casa da minha avó paterna.

The first three photos were taken at my maternal grandmother's house and the next three at my paternal grandmother's house.

2.13.2013

Bits and pieces

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Taken with a Yashica FX-3 Super 2000 using Fujifilm Superia 200iso (expired in 2005)

Mais um bocadinho de um fim de tarde na LxFactory. As duas primeiras fotografias são do Espaço Brasil, um sítio especialmente dedicado à cultura brasileira e que está repleto de actividades interessantes até ao dia 10 de Junho. Vale a pena visitar!

A bit more of a late afternoon at LxFactory. The first two photos are from Espaço Brasil, a place dedicated to the brazilian culture and it is filled with interesting activities until June 10th (which is our National Day). It's worth a visit!

2.09.2013

Sweet and lowdown

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Taken with a Yashica FX-3 Super 2000 using Fujifilm Superia 200iso (expired in 2005)

Em certos dias, há que respirar fundo e olhar lá pr'a fora. Há sempre alguma coisa que vale a pena ver. Tenham um bom fim-de-semana!

Some days, you have to take a deep breath and look outside. There's always something worth seeing. Have a great weekend!

2.08.2013

One friday afternoon, part III

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Taken with a Yashica FX-3 Super 2000 using Fujifilm Superia 200iso (expired in 2005)

Depois de sair do jardim botânico, decidi descer até à marginal e visitar o complexo que pertenceu à Companhia Portuguesa de Pescas, dentro do qual ainda existe uma zona habitacional onde vivem muitos dos seus antigos trabalhadores. No entanto, ao chegar à entrada deparei-me com um aviso que proíbe a entrada a estranhos e não continuei, mas não sei se da próxima vez serei tão obediente.

After I left the botanical garden, I decided to go down to the riverfront and visit a complex that used to belong to a big fishing company (that collapsed financially in the 80's), inside of which there's still a neighbourhood where many of its former workers live. However, as I walked to its entrance I saw a warning prohibiting strangers from entering the area and I didn't go on, but I'm not sure if I'll be so obedient next time.

2.07.2013

One friday afternoon, part II

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Taken with a Yashica FX-3 Super 2000 using Fujifilm Superia 200iso (expired in 2005)

Deixemo-nos ficar só mais um bocadinho a observar as amendoeiras que começam a florir e depois passemos a outro destino.

Let's stay just a little longer observing the almond trees that start to blossom and then let's go to another destination.

2.06.2013

One friday afternoon, part I

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Primeira paragem: o jardim botânico (lembram-se?) que, apesar de despojado do seu esplendor primaveril, sabe sempre bem visitar.

First stop: the botanical garden (remember?) that, despite being stripped of its springlike splendor, is always nice to visit.

2.05.2013

Great view, one day, different times

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Na passada sexta-feira fui dar uma volta, daquelas que nos relembram que andar a pé é um dos melhores prazeres da vida e que é um privilégio poder olhar Lisboa assim, na sua beleza infinita.

Last friday I went for a walk, the kind that reminds us that walking is one of the greatest pleasures in life and that it is a privilege to be able to see Lisbon like this, in her endless beauty.