From the beginning of photography, the portrait was one of the main centers of attention. From plastic artists who began to use photography as a working base for their final result on canvas, to the already photographers who created a niche apart in the world of creation. The picture has gained its own status in the great diversity of image freezing that photography has provided since its beginning.
When the wedding photographer leave with two people that we barely know for a photographic session was, by itself, a challenge. How am I going to fit them into the small rectangle of my photographic camera, how am I going to be able to turn two people into plastic material in order to mix them with the environment we choose for our session and get this all as a final result what we call photography?
This is a little mystery that still haunts me today. Of course, the cameras have lenses and through them the reality deforms, gains elasticity, get unfocussed, compresses, get perspective and, with this, we transform what is, sometimes, so monotonously familiar in final results that only at cost we recognize its origin. It’s this transformation that fascinates me.
When I left with Leila and Bruno it was another one of these adventures of transformation of the surrounded things, once again in Sintra, as a moldable matter that become another form to dress my main subject, the couple, and, with this, recreate the village of Sintra and the trails of the Serra in something more of the world of dreams than our immediate reality.
That’s when I became a wedding photographer that I found the importance of those things. Thank you to my bride and groom.
Texto e Fotos: Fernando Colaço