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This is the first of a series of photos taken in Palma de Baixo, a sort of village inside Lisboa. Imagine yourself surrounded by tall buildings and six-lane speedways, turning a corner and... voilá: small houses, old houses, clothes hanging out to dry in the middle of the square... there's a special magic peace about that place.

The Sun was setting behind the houses...

And the people... old people, mostly. As Luís Afonso was talking to this very nice old lady, I was taking pictures, they didn't mind. She was complaining about how her house was almost falling down, how poor she was, with a family to look after... but all along you could feel she was a happy person, that she had joy enough for herself and for others. She ended saying what a marvelous person her son was, how lucky she was to have him.

The sun is setting on her life... but you could still feel the warmth.

The other woman didn't say a word... she just sat there, silent and grey...

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