From an early age I felt a compulsory need to express myself artistically. Only the discovery of photography as artistic expression has filled that gap. Photography is my passion … is the “place” where I climb mountains without feeling tired… where I spend 24 hours without looking at the clock… However, the camera and digital darkroom are mere tools (such as paints and brushes to a painter) to express the way I feel the world. So I invite you to see the world through my eyes. My photos are not meant to reveal the places I visit as any tourist can view them, but to express my feelings in those moments, to capture the essence of those places. I do not intend to escape from reality but to present a parallel reality, different from that split of a second that we generally call objective reality (if that even exists).
The use of long exposures allows me to focus on the essentials. Imagine a black canvas where the trifling is hidden, allowing the light to shine and shape the objects – that would be my picture. As more surreal and dramatic is the final image, closer I will be to achieve my artistic vision. Every step away from reality approaches me of my artistic essence. Each image created, since the vision, through the click, until the final processing, is soaked with a fragment of me, of my personality… of my soul! For that, I need to feel the place I photograph with my eyes, heart and mind open… when it comes the time to press the shutter the final image is already in my mind. The processing is the final step to put a piece of me, of my style, of my way of feeling that moment… in the work created. At the end I will be successful in my request if I was able to transform what I saw with my physical eyes into what I saw with my mind’s eye.
In my natural evolution as a photographer/artist, the black and white photos are gaining prevalence. As the master Ansel Adams once told “what I like about black and white photographs is that they are more like reading the book than seeing the movie”. The black and white gives wings to the imagination… by forgetting the direct appeal of colour we are allowing our mind to wander in quest of other realities, focusing only on the light, shadow, lines, shapes, textures…! However, I can never consider myself as a black and white photographer because my photography is like two sides of the same coin, they reveal two facets of my way of seeing life… sometimes bright and cheerful as the spring and autumnal colours of a landscape from “Peneda-Geres National Park” or mysterious and introspective as a black and white long exposure of the morning or ocean mist.
Being a scientist, this artistic vision may seem contradictory, but photography is precisely my escape from the stressful everyday life, is where I refuge myself in direct contact with nature and with my subconscious. You can also find in my picture all sorts of connections to science, from my favourite element (water), passing through the use of many different geometric shapes, lines, etc., until the attempt to represent four dimensions (width, height, depth and time) in a 2-dimensional printing.
Who was never near the sea and, closing his eyes, felt abstracted from everything around, focusing only on the gentle sound of the waves breaking? That moment, where time stops and where for a fraction of second, everything becomes ethereal, unreal and where we can by one moment touch the infinity… That is what I ultimately intend to capture in the photographs I create… that is the beauty of life…! Did I already achieve that? Probably not… but I will always carry on this quest by my Holy Grail… In the day that you feel, as a viewer, one slice of emotion while seeing one of my images will be the day where I feel accomplished as a photographer/artist.
2015 Fragmentos de Luz, 2. Biblioteca Fundação Jorge Antunes, Vizela
2014 Fragmentos de Luz. Biblioteca Municipal de Celorico de Basto Prof. Dr. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa
2014 Maravilhas de Portugal. Auditório do Prado, Celorico de Basto
2014 Instantes Mágicos. Space Feng Shui Braga
2014 Uma Viagem pelo Gerês. Clube de Ténis de Braga
2014 3º Encontro Luso-Galaico de Artes Plásticas. Salão Multiusos do Centro Cultural de Chaves
2013 As Cores da Vida. Vila Alda – Casa do Elétrico de Sintra
2011 Ver Por Querer. Galeria de Design Dimensão, Lisboa
PRÉMIOS & DISTINÇÕES
2015 Menção Honrosa nos "Monochrome Awards" na categoria "Arquitetura"
2014 Medalha de Prata no 3rd International Photocontest and Exhibition to the “Day of Fidelity" – Hungria (FIAP 2014/296)
2014 4 Fotografias aceites no Omni Candid 12 Digital – Bélgica (FIAP 2014/318)
2014 7 Fotografias aceites no 3rd International Photocontest and Exhibition to the “Day of Fidelity" – Hungria (FIAP 2014/296)
2014 1 Fotografia aceite no Marmaris International Photography Festival – Turquia (FIAP 2014/287)
2014 Nomeado para os “Black & White Spider Awards” nas categorias “Fine art” e “Architecture”
2014 Menção Honrosa no 1st International Salon of Photography "My Favourite Photos 2014" – Sérvia (FIAP 2014/054, PSA)
2014 11 Fotografias aceites no 1st Internat. Salon of Photography "My Favourite Photos 2014" – Sérvia (FIAP 2014/054, PSA)
2014 2 Fotografias aceites no 68th Bristol International Salon of Photography – Inglaterra (FIAP 2014/034, PSA)
2014 4 Fotografias aceites no 3rd Port Talbot International Salon – País de Gales (FIAP 2014/023, PSA)
2013 Vencedor do desafio Embarcações, organizado pelo grupo Fotomanya VIP
2013 4 Fotografias aceites no 38th Algarve Photo Salon (FIAP 2013/146, PSA)
2015 Revista Shot! (The Ghosts) – 1 fotografia
2013 Revista Fotomanya VIP (Oporto Lighthouse Study) – 6 fotografias
2013 Revista Fotomanya VIP (Maravilhas de Portugal) – 2 fotografias
2013 Revista Fotomanya VIP (Embarcações) – 1 fotografia
2013 Revista Fotomanya VIP (Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês) – 10 fotografias
2011 Livro “Ver Por Querer” – 3 fotografias, YesPrint Editores
2008 Revista O Mundo da Fotografia Digital (secção Olhares) – 1 fotografia