I first noticed Ines in an Angolan nightclub in Lisbon. She is not only a dancer, but an engineer who keeps many of Lisbon's old buildings standing. I was excited to photograph her several weeks later at the Jardim das Amoreiras, located next to the Fundacao Arpad Szenes-Vieira da Silva and the Mae de Agua aqueduct. Ines had her own ideas and wanted a collaboration. She jumped into trees and changed from one outfit into another as the sun was setting. Ines expressed herself in a poetic way, so I am pairing my photos with poems by the Portuguese poet Florbela Espanca, whose work I discovered during my trip. Florbela died at the age of thirty-six and nearly one hundred years ago, she wrote verses full of passion and complexity.
E do meu corpo os leves arabescos
Vao-te envolvendo em circulos dantescos
Felinamente, em voluptuosas dancas
From "Os Versos Que Te Fiz"
Que a boca da mulher e sempre linda
Se dentro guarda um verso que nao diz