This polyptych consists of photographs of 25 small catholic churches in Brazil, in the southeast of Brazil. It is part of my on going project on “new topographics, topological and typological” in Brazil.
These are some street photos on the theme of new topographics, a project that I return to from time to time. Hope you like it.
This polyptych consists of photographs of ten small churches in the interior of the State of São Paulo, in the southeast of Brazil. It is part of my project on “new topographics in the interior of the state of são paulo-brazil”.
… that’s what I call my daily photographic trips, close to my home on foot or in rural areas within a radius of 100-120 km from my home with my car: phototherapy trips …
According to the writer and curator Luisa Duarte (IN: Rio Branco, Miguel – Crosswords, dreamed, stolen, used, bled. São Paulo, SP-Brazil. IMS. 2020) and, according to the Benjaminian concept (Walter Benjamin – essayist, German Jewish literary critic, translator, philosopher and sociologist; 1892-1940) on the temporality of works of art “a work of art does not have to be understood in time, but time in the work” because they contain “an intensive and not extensive temporality”.
According to the writer and curator LUISA DUARTE (Rio Branco, Miguel – Crossword puzzles, dreamed, stolen, used, bled. São Paulo. IMS. 2020) and, according to the benjaminian conception (Walter Benjamin – essayist, literary critic, German Jewish translator, philosopher and sociologist; 1892-1940) on the temporality of works of art “a work of art does not have to be understood in time, but time in the work” because they contain an intensive and not extensive temporality.
“The landscape is not, in essence, made to look at, but the insertion of man in the world, the place of a struggle for life, a manifestation of his being with others, the basis of his social being”. (Dardel, E., 2011. Man and the earth: nature and geographical reality. Translation Werther Holzer. São Paulo, SP. Perspective.)
… however banal, trivial they may seem, I feel that the landscapes raise me to a state of mind that changes my day, that brings me hope that better days are coming … I wonder: it wouldn’t be that one, the main purpose of photography? … make you happy in the first place? … my answer is yes …
As much as industrial development has brought improvements in Humanity’s standard of living worldwide, Man leaves his tracks in the immense and irreversible transformations and environmental damage inflicted on Nature, Urban and Rural Landscapes.
The black and white photograph for me is this: they are pictures with an air of mystery, of tension in the air. Mystery and tension suspended in the air as if in a micro second a posteriori there would be an explosion or another sudden change and everything would become different from this previous instant. For me, nothing like street photography to fill these pre-requisites.
[transform to survive and die] [walk and succumb]
[the flower that is beautiful also withers] [everything in life has its time]
[but some poet already said and I repeat: the water from the storm that scares is the same water that fertilizes the flowers in the garden]
photos: on the edge of a countryside road somewhere in the interior of my state of são paulo … but maybe my interior state too …
… I like the manifestations of nature’s architecture and men’s architecture … I really think that photography has a good part of its strength in geometries, textures, patterns and then architecture, both in nature and in which men practice, perform a strong role…
…. and the architecture that men practice, the architecture of the industrial revolution, is very impressive to me …
… here are some more examples of photographs I have taken during this pandemic period … I hope you like them ….