An invitation to the city
Florianópolis by elas.me
My interest in city affairs started in 2015, but it was only in 2017 that I decided to go beyond studying it and started living, where I got out of the machine and did everything possible to walk, and that's when I fell in love with the city. As Jane Jacobs (2011) approaches, the city is a living and changing space in constant transformation. And I consider this fantastic, because every time I live the city it is different, new things happen, when I leave the machine, when I leave the house, when I go to the street I see life and in a way I become life fulfilling my role as a citizen and becoming an integral part of the city.
Jan Gehl (2010), in his book City for People, says that it is necessary more than the physical space for people to carry out activities in the urban space, it is necessary to make an invitation to them.
So, I leave here my invitation through these photographs with a look of those who are passionate about the city, they are records of the fauna, flora of life and everything extraordinary that I saw and lived in the city during a short journey of approximately 10 km by bicycle (where I perform physical activity, a special route was not chosen, only where I had the infrastructure to ride a bicycle).
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The next galleries are divided by days, I was photographing what called my attention, although there are more things that I would like to photograph but are not present because I didn't feel safe to photograph.
Practically every time I stopped to photograph the Alligators of the Itacorubi River, there was someone nearby also looking, and almost always they interacted with me (even though I was wearing my antisocial disguise, with a cap, mask that covered almost all my face, backpack) and a very large headset), commenting on other times they saw the alligators, or on other alligators that I might not have seen so I could photograph, about changes in the color of the water that they noticed.
This event reminded me of what Jan Gehl (2010), in his book City for People, reports that the function of public space is to be democratic, it is a place where different people meet and connect. And the fact of the same common interest (the alligators), was enough for this connection to be generated.
I think the Itacorubi River is so beautiful, it cuts through the streets and goes almost unnoticed, sheltering incredible fauna and flora, it doesn't even seem like it's in the middle of the urban environment, it's almost like taking a safari in the middle of the city, besides the sunset one of the most beautiful in Florianópolis, not only for its colors, but for being in the middle of the city it makes me stop and reminds me that I need to pause when I forget.
This contrast between the urban and the natural, from two worlds so distinct and so close, makes it seem as if they are magical places within the island.