The photos were taken in Lisbon. I used 35 mm Kodak Tri-X.

The squares are deserted. The streets are deserted. The garden benches are empty. An almost ghost city. Of the public transport, only the catenaries of the city’s trams seem to remain.

During the lockdown in Lisbon, it is easier to find seagulls of the Tagus River flying in the sky than people walking on the streets. The shops are empty. The gardens are also empty and it seems to be easier to find life looking up.

Some people will buy essential goods for their everyday life. Others take a short walk along the banks of the river. The most athletic people dare to run short distances. 

The people of Lisbon followed their orders in a disciplined manner to stay at their homes and go out on the street just to acquire essential goods or to take short walks.

What are the consequences of this lockdown for families stranded in their homes? What are the consequences for life on Earth?

For the sake of life, for the sake of future generations, is it better to maintain this way of life, with less travel, less fun abroad and, consequently, with much less pollution?

Will this become the new normal way of life? For how long?

About the author:

Paulo Monteiro was born June 1963, in São Miguel Island, Azores, where he currently lives and works.

I am a photographer since 1985.

I have developed long term projects about various subjects, such as popular religiosity, profane festivities, architecture, landscape, Nature, or the world of work.

My work has been published and exhibited in Portugal and Abroad.

paulomonteiro.jimdofree.com

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