For one month, I travelled through Portugal, my home country, searching for images.
I was starting out in photography and my approach was strongly influenced by the work of Walker Evans and Robert Frank, in particular American Photographs and The Americans, two books which had featured prominently in my introduction to photography.
Inspired by the street photography genre, I worked with a 35mm rangefinder but instead of b/w, I used cheap colour film. The photographs looked saturated, lacking tonal range, unsubtle. I embraced the aesthetic, as it suited what the images were trying to do.
Every day I walked the streets and roads asking the same questions: what are the signifiers for what I am trying to say, and how do they signify? How does the camera transform them into signs? It was tiring, at times depressing, to wander the country alone, riddled with these burning questions. 'Street photography' put into practice seemed then rather bleak.
The images in the final selection, edited out of hundreds (35 rolls), employ different rhetorical devices (metonymy, metaphor, irony) to talk about inertia, decay, consumerism, idiocy, and my own feelings of nostalgia, estrangement and inedequacy.
Selection of photographs. 20x30 cm each
Developed during the Gulbenkian Creativity and Artistic Creation programme
Exhibited at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, May 2008