Technically, it should be Thursday, but it’s a throwback and that’s what matters.
While working on a street style project about Lisbon for my graphics class, I realized there weren’t many photos online that I could use. There is one very good blog, nicknamed ‘the portuguese Sartorialist’, and aptly titled O Alfaiate Lisboeta. Other than that, all I managed to do was dig into Yvan Rodic’s pictures of past Lisbon Fashion Weeks and I was left with a rather large amount of photos, but from limited sources.
Then I thought about my days back in Lisbon, when I was still studying Industrial Design at the de-facto Art University of the capital. I’ve always been very keen on analog photography but back then I was addicted. I finished up to two rolls per week and had them developed near my school. My flickr was constantly being updated with new pictures of everywhere I went, everyone I met, in black and white or colour, with or without grain, cross-processed or natural, redscale film or low ISO… I had to get a paid account because I had no room for my photographs anymore, and every once in a while I took a CD to the print shop and had them printed traditionally, on 10×15 matte paper.
I photographed everything from places, to moments, to details. I loved it. In a time when I was quite miserable and lost, film photography kept me going, kept me inspired and distracted and kept me focused on the world around me instead of on my own lack of direction. So when I found myself lacking resources – and as you often do in situations of creative work panic – I thought of the last photographic source of material I could have possibly thought of using.
Of course, these are only people – my project has to be on street style. But some of my favourite photographs don’t include people at all. Maybe I’ll save that for a proper Throwback Thursday later this week.