After the first wave of the pandemic, I moved to Lisbon. It was a spur of the moment decision. But for me, it wasn’t just a new city. Something in me changed. I got the feeling it was finally my time, to allow myself to be open to love.
In this time of darkness in the world, I found it. Not just romantic love. Love for my best friend, who moved to Lisbon one month later, who I now share an apartment with. Romantic love, which I found within months of moving here. Love for this new and beautiful city, which I now call my home. Love for photography and the people who’s spirit I am lucky enough to be able to photograph.
These photos, for me, represent all these kinds of love. Like flowers blooming from the cracks, bringing light to these dark times.
Photography and words: Layla Tobin – @lylacdahlia
Model: Charlotte Hubert and Vander – @anna.charlotte.photos