Lisbon is famous for its azulejos – tiles – which have been produced there for 500 years, and were introduced by the Moors centuries before that. Many of the tiles you see on the streets still show the strong influences of Islamic geometry in their patterns, but the range of designs span pictorial and strongly contemporary styles as well. I can’t get enough of them, and could wander these streets endlessly, delighting in each new find.

In this collection of photos, I am especially fond of the examples of repairing, making do, and honoring this long tradition: patching and making mosaics with precious fragments, and borrowing from street art to fill in gaps with graffiti-like stencils.