“BROKEN STRANGERS (PLACES)”
Broken Strangers (Places) is a series of portraits made at the streets of London and its surroundings. They are real portraits, since they belong to life flux, with no settings nor preparation, but also fictitious in the sense that they suggest a narrative following a course parallel to the real one, inhabited by an illusory character who conceives a mystery which, not finding its answer in the image, can only be solved by our imagination
These fictions are composed of a combination of two images, a picture and a place. The pictures represent the people actually by their body, their expression, their action, whilst the landscapes represent the people as a metonymic, lending them a new emotional and narrative dimension. This strategy of representation that associates a portrait to a landscape has for reference Mr. and Mrs. Andrews by Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), which not being a diptych in the strict sense, is also a composite of two parts, the couple on one side and landscape that features them metonymically, on the other side.
Born in 1977. He studied Cinema direction at Conservatório de Lisboa, where he also increased his knowledge in photography, under the orientation of the directors Joaquim Sapinho and Vítor Gonçalves. He studied Architecture at Faculdade de Arquitectura de Lisboa and at Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia, having worked as an architect between 2001 and 2002 at UNStudio in Amsterdam. His work as a photographer is present in the collection BESart, he is represented by Galeria Fonseca Macedo, and published by The Slow Show publishers. Along with photography he works as a movie director with Rosa Filmes producers.