I moved to Lisbon for one year. The Erasmus project brought me here and I felt since the beginning that I had to keep my life more and more analog each day, as I was used to in my hometown. Okay, I have my cameras, but I had to find something completely new.
First rule: if you want to shoot dramatically beautiful pictures, you have to visit places alone. Yeah, sometimes other people can be distracting. The golden feature of going outside alone is that you don’t feel the typical pressure like “Oh, maybe we should go away, because he/she is getting bored staying here!” So the first step was exploring the new town and experiencing the “guided tours” or visiting the “touristy places.”
Old City, Old Shops
In Lisbon you can still find some shops that sell tissues or shops that sell seeds. Many old fashioned shops are present in the historical center, but the best ones are surely have to be discovered (and not so easily sometimes).
A public square market is present every Tuesday and Saturday morning, near Santa Apolonia (metro station of Santa Apolonia, the last on the blue line). It’s called Feira da Ladra (Thieves’ Market).
This market is amazing: there are thousands of second hand objects sold there.
You can find everything for vintage lovers. Vinyl records, old books, old radios, Polaroid cameras, very old SLRs and TLRs, 90s cassette tapes, VHS tapes, jewelry, dresses, shoes, old TVs, etc.
I think that the name derives from the history of the market, but it’s really hard to understand if it’s true that once upon a time, thieves used to sell here what they stole from houses. Whatever is the truth, the important thing is that a vintage lover (and also hipsters) can find everything here.
Alessandro Panelli (aka yo.panic or .panic) is a Medicine and Surgery student, a photographer and a writer from Padova (Italy, near Venice). Read more about Alessandro’s work and life here or add him on Facebook or Google+.