Saudade by Leandro Guardado in Lisbon

Saudade” is a Portuguese word used to describe the feeling of missing something or someone. My Saudade photo series is the result of the quest to define that feeling. The photos are a vision from the past. It’s a personal vision and not a universal one. Saudade is about memory, but it isn’t an exercise of remembering. It’s a process where emotions are filtered into images. The final result of the series could only be sad, because its essence is in the past, and the past never returns. But it’s also joyful, because it‘s a celebration of the beauty contained in simple things.

Name:Leandro Guardado

Visual artist.


The fate of the world and the fate of the humankind seem to be on a collision course.

Tell us about Lisbon:

Lisbon is without a doubt one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Its charisma and charm enchants anyone who visits the city. The capital of Portugal is like a music box filled with the most beautiful surprises, accompanied by the sound of Fado. The Tagus river, the colors, the light and the narrow streets of the old city are full of secrets.

A perfect day?

The perfect day in Lisbon is waking up early, having breakfast in Rossio Square, walking around Chiado, getting lost in the narrow streets of the Bairro Alto, having lunch in Belém, going to a museum, and then watching the sunset at the Tagus River.


What is the best thing Lisbon?

Culture, history, architecture, nature and good weather all in the same city.

What is the worst?

Portuguese is a difficult language for foreigners.

What would be surprising about Lisbon to an outsider?

The details, light and colors of the city.

If Lisbon was a person or character who would it be?

Marilyn Monroe

Who are three of your favorite artists?

Lars von Trier, George Orwell, and Magritte.


Name:Leandro Guardado


Favorite place to eat:

Adega Machado

Favorite place to drink:


Favorite shop:

Casa Pereira Chiado

Local Tip:

Learn how to say “hello” and “thank you” in Portuguese.

Must Do:

Cross the Tague River and go to Trafaria.