A dérive is the act of trusting your instincts as you pass through an urban environment, chasing whatever appears interesting with the ultimate aim of experiencing something unique, being guided by whatever you encounter, treading new and free steps outside of the dusty confines of your own routine.

It's a good practise for living, to attempt to bring an end to those endless hope filled hopeless days of same, to take the time to try and experience something new within the monotone, to break free from the cage you've made yourself and deal only in the perfectly pure chance of existence. Guy Debord knew what he was talking about - there are few better ways to live than on your wits alone. Head out of your front door and follow your nose, don't look back.

The pictures below document a dérive through the streets of Lisbon that I took whilst attending the Nos Alive music festival, but they don't document the feeling, the sounds, or the people I met there. How certain areas of the city develop their own rhythm as you walk through them with the sheer density of construction work. How the air was light and cool in the morning, but thick and heavy with heat by the afternoon, and how that weight coloured everything. How it felt to drink espresso in the shade of trees, next to couples with selfie sticks laughing in languages you don't understand, with the warm salty breeze noisily flapping a proud Portuguese flag nearby. To have broken chat in dark cafe's with passionate old socialists and feel energised, to emerge from those side streets into one of a seemingly endless amount of squares hosting statues of some dead hero or some deity I could never believe in. To disappear into the city and have it impact you as it chooses, to aim for nowhere and find yourself where you end up, to return home changed for the better by the fleeting freedom it has given you.

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