Man taking a nap

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“This was how it was with travel: one city gives you gifts, another robs you. One gives you the heart’s affections, the other destroys your soul. Cities and countries are as alive, as feeling, as fickle and uncertain as people. Their degrees of love and devotion are as varying as with any human relation. Just as one is good, another is bad.”

Roman Payne, Cities and Countries

I shot this picture in Lisbon, Portugal, near the Marques de Pombal square. It was a bright daylight, the streets were full of people and I suddenly noticed this man on a bench taking a nap. He wasn’t a real vagabond but looked rather as a regular white-collar worker.

I’m not sure why this image seemed so provoking to me – you can think of your own reason. But I immediately associated this image with the movies about solitude, like, for example, the Red Desert (1964) by Michelangelo Antonioni, Paris, Texas (1984) by Wim Wenders or Chungking Express (1994) by Wong Kar-Wai.

I found this list about movies on loneliness and alienation here, you can check it out if you like the idea.

 

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