It has been a while, many travels and photo bags that I would have like to showcase, but I always pack the night before traveling, when the light sucks and time is of the essence!
Next Thursday I am going for a 10 days road trip around Iceland, with some friends, so I properly packed ahead and had the chance to take a proper picture of its contents. I am packing an all purpose bag, for video footage I am taking my GoPro Hero 4, for general photography the Sony Alpha 7 MkII, and to capture those breath taking landscapes the Hasselblad XPAN. In case we run out of money I also take my Kazoo, people pay me a lot to be quiet.
Love letter - card game
On love - book
A5 memo bottle
Hama Compact Traveler Pro Tripod (with modified head for Arca-Swiss mount)
Hama SD Card pouch with back up cards and mini to SD card converter
GoPro Hero 4, with grip, tripod mount, and backpack mount
HyperDrive ColorSpace UDMA2 for backing up photos and videos
Sony Alpha 7 MkII
Leica SF-20 Flash
Leica 50mm Summicron-M F/2.0
Leica 35mm Summicron-M F/2.0
Voigtlander 21mm Color-Skopar F/4.0
Manfrotto PIXI Evo 2 + Arca-Swiss type mount
Manfrotto Cellphone mount
Japan Camera Hunter 5x film box with 5x Portra 400
Japan Camera Hunter 10x film box with 8x Ekta 100, 1x Fuji Neopan 100 Acros, 1x Kentmere 400
Hasselblad XPAN with 45mm f/4.0
Peak Design Everyday backpack (20L)
I could not resist to take some black and white film, and try to achieve the greatness of Sebastião Salgado black and white landscapes photography, we will see how that comes out. Extra batteries, cables and chargers are, of course, part of bag too.
Starting on February 25th and lasting until 23rd of April, RAW Streetphoto gallery, in Rotterdam, will harbor a small set of my photos from Porto taken since 2012. Focusing on black & white, both cityscape and its people, I will show you what I consider the fundamental building blocks of the city, what gives Porto its character, charm and raw beauty.
This is a gallery solely dedicated to the genre of street photography, and this is a thing that fills my heart, but also puzzles me, since it's not a common thing to find around. A lot of photographers like me exhibit in bars, cafés or restaurants, simply because no gallery shows availability for emerging street photographers.
For this reason I decided to meet up with the gallery director, Alexey Shifman, to find out who he is and what are his motivations to have such space. So here follows a pleasant 30 minute talk I had with Alexey in a bar in Amsterdam.
As fun as it was to capture, almost daily, the fatalism of destroyed umbrellas and come up with a funny text to accompany those, eventually it all become somewhat repetitive. I might have not seen it all, but I have seen a lot and, funny enough, I was sent a lot as well. I became the umbrella guy, and wherever my friends would see a destroyed umbrella, they would think of me, and sometimes take a shot and send it to me. Because of this I opened the project a bit and was featuring some of those shots too.
But now my focus needs to change back to street photography, I need to push myself more in this area, which was sort of put aside during 2016. I was away from the computer a lot this year, due to cut on my internet at home for 4 months and I sort of got used to that life style. I would still go out and shoot, but I would rarely sit at the computer to see/review/curate my work, and as usual my film from this year is still waiting to be developed in a box. I became used to stay more time away from the computer and quite liked it, but as we all know, desk time is also a part of the process and like so, I will slowly return to it as the upcoming winter settles in. Also the fact that destroyed umbrellas was exclusively done with a phone, prompted me no to take my cameras out so often, because to my view, my phone was my tool, and that's not a great tool for street photography, although sometimes I would use it to do so too, some shots can't just not be taken ^_^.
Back to the umbrellas, it all started last year, on October 23rd, and I actually wanted to write this last Sunday, but as you can imagine from what I said above, I was away from the computer and never got to do so. I won't kill the project, I am sure I will find situations that will be to funny or intriguing to let it alone (also winter is coming), but that being said I am bored by the general shots I can find and from what people send me, it's all too repetitive, so I want to change my focus back to street.
Thank you all for the support, shares, likes and contributions. I hope you all enjoyed it!
I am just back from the London Street Photography Symposium, that occurred over the last weekend, and it was fantastic event that provided the gathering of great names of the street photography, and also a lot of peers that share the interest and passion for this weird craft. Talking, drinking, shooting together and reviewing each others work, there was time for all of it.
It was a great opportunity to learn, but also to get criticism on my work, and luckily enough I found Charlie Kirk, aka Two cute dogs, on site. I had no idea he was going to be there, so I grabbed the opportunity, since I really like how harsh he is criticizing photos. After listening to him pointing a number of issues with my photos from You are not alone project, I realized that I am far to immature to be posting so much of my work online. The internet phenomenon has a negative impact on us, and it was greatly pointed out by Nick Turpin in his presentation, there's simply too much crap out there and I don't want to be a part of that.
Another great, but similar lesson, came from Take Matt Stuart's talk. He has been shooting for 20 years, and recently became a Magnum nominee, and in the end it was all about 50 images of his. I was astonished by the selection, every shot a killer in its own regard. POW! POW! POW! And not only that, but by the count too, 50 images, after 20 years, that's it, that's what Magnum asks of you.
So, all in all, it was a great retrospective to be dwarfed by these great contemporary shooters and to understand that I still have a lot of clicks to do, to come up with 50 flawless moments of life.
Special thanks to Jason Reed the man behind this lovely weekend!
First of all, a small update on my radio silence on this blog / page. Photography was put a bit on hold mainly due to lack of internet at home and starting a new job. But things are finally getting up to speed and with that, more free time to sit in front of the computer. Writing is something I don't excel at, but I do intend to provide more written content on the blog. Despite being a visual medium, photography has a lot to be told about.
Now let's get to the juicy news :)
Yearly I participate in a contest called Urban photo race, in which I have made some good friends, so good that, for this years edition, while they were arranging a gallery to exhibit the winners, they passed on my contact to the owner. There is a particularity about this gallery, it's dedicated solely to Street Photography, which you don't see that often. Usually Street Photos only get to walls of a gallery a few years after their making and only when they are made by a renowned photographer. It's a document of a past daily life, so it only becomes relevant when there is a documentary factor to it. Shooting the contemporary daily life spikes the interest of a select few and this is why many photographers, like me, exhibit their work in bars, cafes or restaurants. So it is with joy that, for the first time, I found myself able to put my prints on the walls of a gallery.
The exhibition will happen in February 2017 at Raw Streetphoto gallery, in Rotterdam. In the meantime I hope to get Alexey Shifman, the gallery owner, on the blog, to tell you more about himself and his motivations to open such a weird kind of gallery.
My project You are not alone has gained momentum and it is now on display at Catraio Craft Beer Shop in Porto, Portugal. This is a city that gave me a lot, as it was the place where I did my masters degree. The opening could count with a lot of friends and good music, it was very rewarding to see so many familiar faces that have been following my photographic ventures through the years. The exhibition will stay there until the end of June, 2016.
When I was young, Porto was a luxury to me. I lived 25 km away, and with no means of transportation I would go to Porto very occasionally. Some family visits, once in 2000 for the Great Jubilee, once for a Pokemon playing card tournament, and another time for Magic the Gathering tournament. So few, I easily listed them all. But it all changed in 2005 when I began my academic career at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto.
Despite not living in the city, Porto became a home to me. I would spend so much time there, that I would barely see my family during the week, even though we lived under the same roof. I got to do so much in there, discovering the secrets of Porto, while developing friendships that will last for my entire life, and that left an inextinguishable flame in my heart. Porto became part of me, and I became part of it.
Shortly before I left Portugal, I started to seriously develop my photographic skills, like so, nowadays I feel the need to revisit places that mean a lot to me, and capture them to the best of my abilities. Porto, of course, is part of that list and, coupled with the feeling that I don't have enough satisfying photos of it, I am bound for life to go there over and over again. Perhaps one day I will call it home again.
A while ago I announced a small project called Destroyed Umbrellas. An Instagram account where I would post snapshots of this daily autumn/winter scene, from Amsterdam, since it's where I live.
Strangely enough, some friends started to send me pictures of their local destroyed umbrellas sightings, up to a number that I decided to open the project up.
So from now on you can send me your findings and if I like them enough, I will post them to the account feed.
It tackles what I have been doing in street photography roughly since 2013, when my interest for the genre flourished.
For this project, I have used quite a few different methods and cameras. From the starting point, when I had a Panasonic GF1, later swapping it for an Olympus OM-D E-M5. To my ventures in film, which started with an Olympus OM-1, followed by a Rollei 35 S, and ending up with the pair Contax T2 and Leica M6.
Such wide variety of cameras and formats have taught me a lot, such as shooting techniques, composition, speed, adaptation to the camera I have in my hands, etc. This resulted in a wild and exotic collection of photographs, exactly as shooting street should be. And even though not all formats are featured in the albums directly, they have all contributed for their content.
So come and have a look, enjoy the Streets of the cities I have been to, and experience them through my eyes.
When I see a good picture on the web, I immediately want to go outside and create something similar, or try a new approach that could lead me to such result. But even though taking a picture that stands out on its own is fun and rewarding, nowadays I want to go further in my photography.
I want to show the raw reality through a certain perspective, by creating a visual documentary about certain topics.
Therefore it is only natural to open this website, in order to push my own boundaries and create more meaningful material.
And talking about meaning, there is a reason why this site is out today, which is the same reason for the project called MOTHER displayed on the homepage, one that you won't be able to find anywhere else.
Precisely one year ago my mother passed away, something that changed me radically and left me in a limbo since then.
But I have awaken, after being lost for such a long time. And even though my mother is not here to watch anymore, I want to make her proud everyday.
So welcome everybody, to Nuno Cruz street, where there is never a wrong turn!
Porto, Amsterdam, Berlin and London photos are part of this exhibition where I payed attention to persons that seemed to be dwelling in their thoughts as they walked the streets. On display at Vino y Otros Remedios, a wine in Barcelona, Spain.
A Czech book about European architecture features a photo of mine and it’s from my film deviations. The book is called “Stavbařův průvodce Evropou” and it contains 365 European buildings that you should not miss on your travels.
If somehow you ever look at it, flip to page 219.