Spooktober shots – top 10

The days are getting darker, it has been raining a lot.

Sometimes the rain lasts for days and most people would agree that there is nothing better than having a warm cup of coffee (or tea) and to binge-watch your favourite series on Netflix. But despite of all the cosiness of being home, there are beautiful things going on outside at this time of the year. I love to take pictures on the edge of darkness and to capture the autumn atmosphere, even though some days it does feel like it takes a great effort and I have to drag myself out of my comfort zone… Luckily I managed to go out and take my photo-walks on the neighbourhood. These are October’s favourites shots:

A trip to Lisbon

 

This photo series is a result of my personal experience as a Brazilian expat living in Europe who visited Portugal for the first time. The pictures here presented invite the viewer to witness what I once witnessed with my own eyes for the first time – or did I? Isn’t it all what we see just a construction, a culmination of all what we’ve seen before?

 

 

 

 

A certain ambiguity is a common ground that tight these images together. They present a stretch of the reality and they do not aim to describe it or fill in the gap between what is real and what is my perception of it – they rather open up for new possibilities and interpretations that the viewer has the freedom to fill in. In this sense, all photographic work has a potential to be surreal, given that it never presents the facts – it is always a point of view which presents relationships between elements that once were part of the reality.

 

 

 

 

* This is part of an ongoing project, which I started editing and invited a friend to collaborate. Stay tuned!

Story-in | Vrå Højskole

I’ve been at the spoken-word festival Story-in last weekend at Vrå Højskole where I was camping with my husband and friends. It was a very nice experience, we had a bus ride to Løkken and Lønstrup beaches and the authors read their texts surrounded by the beautiful landscape. There is an article about the festival, where my photos were published at Aarhuslit.

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I was surprised by how the school is a nice and inspiring place! The location would be perfect for a David Lynch movie, I would say. Just look at it!

 

 

 

 

 

Sofie Nilsen @tonefromdenmark did an outstanding presentation on Saturday evening. She created soundscapes that shaped the mood of the place, while the authors, one by one, came to read their texts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And overall I had some nice encounters with pets during the festival, not bad. I would not mind coming back next year, the whole thing feels like just taking a vacation while experiencing the readings and discussions about literature. It is definitely worth a visit!

 

 

Winter is my season

 

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I somehow use to take more pictures during the winter. These pictures are from last winter, except the first one, which I took yesterday. I had a great evening with friends on the beach and got a cool shot when it finally got dark at around 23h. Not bad at all…

It’s all about connection

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Portrait, Allan Gravgaard Madsen

So, these portraits were taken during my last assignment for a magazine about culture here in Denmark called Fine Spind.

I really liked the results and one of the reasons it worked so well is rather simple: I had TIME to build a connection with Allan. I asked him to listen to his music (he is a composer) to build up the mood for the shooting and a common ground between us. We might have hangout for about an hour.

It can be very challenging to take portraits, specially if you only have a couple of minutes to do it and if the subject is not comfortable with cameras. This assignment was different, we had time and Allan was very active in the process. And there you have it!

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All photos @Mariana Gil / Copyright: Kulturmagasinet Fine Spind

Instagram top 9

For the first update here this year, I decided to look back to the pictures taken in 2016 and make a selection of 9 photos based on my instagram account. These are photos that somehow got more attention from the viewers.

I know that there are many  factors that may play a role when it comes to the amount of “likes” a picture gets and in most of the cases it doesn’t mean anything, but I was curious if these photos had anything in common at all or if I could see a trend in terms of composition that could be related to them.

So, here they are:

Happy new year!