Trails of planes in the sky, roads, bridges, dams, geodesic marks, TV aerials, car lights, …trash. Even at the highest and inhospitable spot on the planet, trash is a reality. Besides, this waste is a geographic reference on top of the world as reported by João Garcia in the saga of his Everest climb.

Much of the natural countryside in Portugal is shaped by human production. The extensive areas of water within the country, although sometimes seeming like lakes or large rivers, are nevertheless embankment reservoirs. A significant proportion of forests we have in the mountains are the result of the plan of forestation for wastelands, implemented by the Estado Novo. Even natural parks are a mixture of nature and technical intervention. The natural place is set up by human production, in different degrees and moldings.

Emanuel Brás

Born in Coimbra, Portugal, 1967. Graduated in Philosophy by Universidade de Coimbra, he took is masters degree in Image and Communication at Goldsmiths College, in London. He started his individual exhibitions in 1997. He is represented in several national collections, such as BESart and Colecção Nacional de Fotografia/Centro Português de Fotografia. He teaches at Escola Superior de Artes e Design in Caldas da Rainha.