Walking the streets and laneways of Lisbon, one can’t help but notice the fascinating street art or graffiti as it is also known. These pieces of art add a great deal of colour to each neighbourhood they embrace.
As well as street art, there is so much more to see when walking around Lisbon. On our way to visiting the major tourist attractions, there is always the chance to stop briefly to capture a tiled building, some famous statue, artists at work or even take in the intricacies of the architecture before us.
I would love to have travelled up in the Santa Justa lift but at the time there were way too many people lining up so I had to be satisfied with taking photos from the outside before walking up the hill to the Carmo Convent. In saying that, I urge you to just get in that line if time is not an issue, as you might be forever wishing you did do it.
Then there are the pavements for which Lisbon is famous, doors, windows more tiles and the odd lamp or two. I love how these lamps throw great shadows on the old buildings.
Oh and don’t forget there is color everywhere. Look at the flowers, street signs, café settings, nameplates above doors, numbers, posters, and of course the odd tram or two.
Even the daily washing hanging on those outdoor clotheslines seems to draw us in.
So stop, look up, get that different angle, photograph the small stuff that puts a smile on your face.
One thing to remember however is to take care, especially if you are on your own. I have been rescued many times by my husband or friends when I have ventured onto the street or forgotten to look before crossing the road to get that photo on the other side.
Be mindful of your belongings as well. I usually wear a travel vest and carry my camera around my neck. This avoids the need to carry a bag unless I need an extra lens, and then I use a bag that goes across my chest.
We are often warned about pickpockets working in an area, yet people are still complacent. I have seen guys with wallets sticking out of their back jeans pocket, and ladies with open handbags strung over their shoulders.
Always have your camera switched on for that unexpected photo opportunity. I know I have missed many chances because of this.
Don’t be afraid to take lots of photos. If in doubt, take the photo, you can always delete it later.
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