This project seeks to analyse and re-think the Bairro Social de São Vítor and its architecture, exploring the potential of photography to communicate criticisms of the space and its experiences. Photography becomes a tool for reflecting on the essence of the “Ilhas” (of São Vítor) that are still scattered around Porto: from the narrow alleys that separate the two lots of houses, to the flowerpots at the entrance and all the little details that characterise them.

The purpose of this project is to connect memories and inform the viewer that the soul present in these buildings, which have mutated over time, remains beyond the walls or paintings that have lost their colour. The narrative exposes the two opposing realities of old and new, between the permanence of the memories of industrialisation and the evolution that hides that past. It shows the present situation on the “Ilhas”, the transformation of living spaces into temporary accommodation establishments.