Last week, I found myself in Viana do Castelo again. I was there in transit, waiting for the next bus that would bring me further up north. It was the place where the fourth edition of DocNomads first had their fieldwork. It was, where we made our first films as a class. That was in the first semester. Now that we’ve arrived at the last, I remember the photographs that I had promised to show them “once we get back to Lisbon”. I’m about a year and four months late, but here they are anyway.
We arrived in Budapest in one of the very few days that there was snow. In the last years, snow became a less frequent visitor during winter. Within two weeks, we already had to begin making our first films in Budapest and I worked with Ida.
In January we moved to Budapest. It was winter and the first morning we spent in the city was one of the few days of snow. Winter was an exciting concept because I’ve never really experienced it but it was also very alien. It felt like the city was alien to me or, that I was an alien in it. When the sun started to show, I began taking photographs of strangers. This one, was of a man who just left the tram, I asked him for a photograph but he said:
I tried ask again to make sure I understood correctly
..no. Not me..”
He opened his arms up to the sky, looked around and then finally at me and said:
“Budapest is waiting for you.”
Since then I’ve been working hard to make sure that Budapest doesn’t wait too long, after all, we have barely a month left, and then we are on our way out again.
It was gloomy the day we left Lisbon. It had been raining for weeks and we packed all the warmth we could to prepare ourselves for the cold of Viana.
The video we filmed for SunPower Corporation’s 3S is out. If you wish to watch “Light is A Luxury”, click the image above. You may also watch the 8minute version of the video by clicking the image below.
From NinjaDog Studios: The 3S project establishes solar-charging stations in communities that lack access to electricity. Commissioned by Sunpower Corporation, produced with the help of LP4Y, TNK, and the local government of the City of Manila.
Met up with Bea, Tita and Sam last week. She’s growing up so fast.
I had rolls of film developed over the week. One undeveloped roll found its way into my stash and it took us to 1998.
Last March, I went to Cabangan, Zambales to help my friend Grace out on a personal project. I’ve never been to Cabangan –