Folhas (2) by Capitão Capitão

Black and white, film, Music, Singapore

It was completely unexpected the call I received in March of 2018 from J.P. Mendes challenging me to create a visual narrative for his latest song. Even though he knew that film is not my preferred medium he was quite enthusiastic about the idea of a long distance collaboration and creating something that would be relevant to the theme of the song. The result is this 6.00 minutes music video entirely shot and produced in Singapore.

Special thanks to Wendy Yee for her participation, patience and dedication to the project.

Short film for the song Folhas (2) by Capitão Capitão (J. P. Mendes)

Shot in Singapore in 2018

Grünau.

Documentary, travel

Note: This blog is written in English but my native language is Portuguese.  Sorry if you find typos, funny phrase constructions or odd sentences. And by the way, thanks for reading it!

 

Grünau is a Namibian settlement, located on the side of the B1, Namibia main road, and just two hours away from the South African border. I drove there for petrol and coffee during my recent road trip but ended up staying a little bit longer. It’s a massive contrast when we think about the more touristic and postcard type of landscape that Namibia is famous for but it is nevertheless a real landscape, a real settlement with just a few people resisting the passage of time.

Namibia

Namibia in six days!

Landscape, travel

It’s been a while, I know.

It makes me sad to see how long ago I wrote my last post but I had to make this pause and try to figure it out how could I keep posting and writing without any concerns of judgement about my writing. And the answer is… I need to stop worrying about it. My native language is portuguese, it is an incredible beautiful language, complex and rich and I wish I could exclusively write in portuguese but I can’t. I don’t live in Portugal and most of the people I want to communicate with, can’t read portuguese. And the blog is mainly about visual content and text is used to support that content. So what is the solution? Stop writing and just use images? Close the blog? Or stop worrying about it and use my broken english as a way of expression and to give extra context to the photographs. Well I choose the last option, even though I hate the word ‘broken’ to describe it but I guess it’s just the way it is. So from today on I will post more often, not sure how often but definitely more often than before.

Thaipusam Festival in Singapore

Thaipusam festival (or how to get closer with an x100s)

Events, Little India, Singapore, Uncategorized

It all happened so quicky – twenty-five floors up and down plus two, a round table meal and that question from Nicolas, ‘Have you heard about The Thaipusam Festival?’

Thaipusam Festival in Singapore

Tuesday night training sessions became routine lately, two hours of sweat and fast heart beat and pain. Well, I use to call it pain but I promise after what I saw on Wednesday morning I will never use that word in vain again.

So let me explain a little bit more.

The Thaipusam Festival is a Tamil celebration in Singapore that attracts thousands of Hindu devotees who fulfill their vows through a 4km walk, some of them carrying heavy artifacts attached to their bodies through a complex system of thin arrows and needles that are literally attached to the body, pierced to the mouth and tongue. It’s often described as a strong control over one’s senses but for me, who can’t even stand the thought of an ear-piercing, it’s a whole long agonising process of pain (the real one) and sacrifice.

So if you are sensitive you might want to stop reading now – I hope you don’t 🙂

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It’s often described as a strong control over one’s senses but for me, who can’t even stand the thought of an ear-piercing, it’s a whole long agonising process of pain (the real one) and sacrifice.

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So why did I add the x100s to the title (again)? Well, it was the only camera I took along to the festival as I honestly didn’t know what to expect, I had a busy day and as usual, I try to carry less weight around so the x100s was an obvious choice. A small point and shoot with a fixed lens with good quality glass. The challenge is that it always adds a bit of tension when you need to get closer to your subject, especially when the subject is a person, but I had no choice and to be fair the x100s is still my favorite little camera.

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The challenge is that it always adds a bit of tension when you need to get closer to your subject, especially when the subject is a person, but I had no choice and to be fair the x100s is still my favorite little camera.

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Fujifilm x100s