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Fado song. Song one: Pride
If you asked me why I fell in love with that country of Portugal - I'd answer "It's the people"
If you asked me why I picked up right this picture for my intro to the document of my stay there - I'd reply "He so much resembled me the Polish rural simple and straight people".
If you asked me what I loved most in Portugal I'd name at least these hundreds of examples:
children, Portuguese children are everywhere and everybody loves them,
old people, they are everywhere, too, and seemingly they stand firmly and are proud of their destiny,
young couples, young lovers: Portuguese seem to adore kissing openly right on the streets, the kissing couples are everywhere, just wait few minutes and you'll see them,
and for other reasons...

While having a night out with our TE fellow member Ricardo Lopes and his charming wife (whose view on politics I'll never share, I think, haha) we met that man on the streets of old town of Lisbon (is there a "new town" of Lisbon?). It was a Friday evening and he still kept his stall put up. He had just one customer trying to pick up an old book or an old post stamp. The man, noticing our interest in him, gave up on the client and turned to us, having a friendly chat and posing for a portrait. I promised him to send the photo so I'll do it, soon.
He was one of many people whom I met on the streets and who eagerly posed for portraits. All of them thanked me for photographing them. Does this thing happen in your place?

In this series you'll find also the alternative takes in the workshops. Sometimes different versions of the moment or place, sometimes yet another street scene.

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Additional Photos by Jerzy Bucki (bantonbuju) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3364 W: 166 N: 7137] (51815)
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