I worry not about what hides beyond the fog, but what the fog reveals inside one’s mind. My name is Nuno Serrao and I took this series, entitled "Folk Tales" in the deep forest of Sintra, in my native Portugal.
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By Nuno Serrao
"Folk Tales" is a series I took in the forest in Sintra, a place surrounded by myths and folk tales that go back to the Roman Empire. After I captured this unknown mysterious lady wandering alone in the forest, it’s was easy for me to understand why.
I'm guessing she noticed I was taking photos of her, but she didn't seem to mind. I'm glad, she gave me a beautiful series.
My name is Nuno. I am a Portuguese photographer, cinematographer, and creative director, born in 1980 in Madeira Island and living between Funchal and Lisbon.
My photos go from personal to documentary, editorial, and commissioned work, usually captioned by not-so-random thoughts on science, philosophy, and other stuff. Most people call my photos moody, melancholic, cinematic, so maybe that's my look. I think the flaws I allow to live in my work are a big part of what others call style.
I always did enjoy taking photographs. I can't tell exactly when I fell in love with photography, only because I don't remember. But I do remember that when I was a young kid, probably 7 or 8, I would beg to use the camera my parents had, and they wouldn't allow me to take any photos, of course, film was too expensive to waste. So, I usually sneaked into their room when they were gone and played with the camera without any film in it, just placing my eye on the viewfinder, framing imaginary shots and shooting some blanks so I could listen to the shutter, that was good enough for me. Maybe I fell in love again when I saved enough to buy a camera; they were digital by then.
What inspires me are feelings, moods, people, places, science, philosophy, music, I can't really say it's one thing. All of these are more related to one another than most people are aware. All my life I have found comfort in minimalism, art, and science. I think the first one has something to do with the way my brain processes emotion, the latter one has driven my curiosity to places it would be impossible to reach without science, and art, well, art is always in the middle.
I think it's only natural for us to try and emulate others, but what I have learned is that we are the result of all the things we have experienced, and a bit more. That bit that is your own is the hardest thing to find, and even harder to translate into art.
To other artists, I would advise, keep your eyes and ears open: read, watch movies, see paintings, study artists, study scientists, watch more movies, learn, listen to music, love, think, wonder, question everything, grow your curiosity, or don't do any of the above, it's up to you.
All photos: @nunoserrao
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