I’ve been in Lisbon for a week, first for a few days on my own, blissfully wandering the city, and then I’ve been teaching a 3 day course in pattern generation to a bunch of students on an Ace Camp. I simply can’t believe how many pictures I’ve taken while in this city of patterns, music and light. And, of course, most of my photos are of tiles, which constituted the starting point and inspiration for the pattern course I’ve been teaching. Of course I knew that Lisbon had lots of tiles before I got here, but I had no freaking idea of the extent of it. It’s as ordinary as can be to walk past entire buildings tiled in ancient handpainted azulejos, and is that ordinary that postboxes and lotto and pick-up-your-dog-poop signs get affixed to centuries-old tile.
I had to put a lid on my tile photography somehow, as it really is utterly overwhelming, so I chose the colour blue for a tiny slice of the tiles of Lisbon.