A passionate photographer, joão Bernardino (@ joao.bernardino) likes to shoot industrial landscapes, infrastructure projects and vehicles. We present his work in the framework of the project European Lens.
João was born and raised in Portugal, he is a designer, Illustrator, photographer and teacher with a special interest in the theme of “man against the nature”. The lens is configured to complex environments and adverse shooting conditions with which he tells his story. The main focus is on landscapes that tell of the transformation of the industrial age in the modern era.
Interest Bernardino to the utilitarian landscape photography attracted Euronews for many reasons, but mainly because of the strong impression which his works leave. Images of this Portuguese photographer reminiscent of the silence amidst the chaos, they contain some brutal serenity, which covers each of its frames.
His photographs leave the impression from reading the programmatic Manifesto on what makes you then reflect on the question: “What did the artist want to say?”
Euronews spoke to Bernadino to learn more about his work.
Euronews: how did your journey in photography?
João Bernardino: it All started in Lisbon where I was born and raised, attending school, especially known for teaching the courses related to art. At first I was interested in the camera obscura, and later I met physics and chemistry, which underlie the process of photography.
My first camera – “Zenit” 1980 release, created for the Olympic games in Moscow. It was a gift from my grandfather and I used this “Zenith” for almost 20 years. I remember I used it on a trip to Morocco in 1999 when I first really got a taste for serial photography. Subsequently, I experimented a lot, already at University, but always kept the dream: realise design projects.
So I can say that my relationship with photography has been more than one year. Although only a few years ago I began to use the technology of mobile photography and Instagram network by developing a passion for photography.
Your basic tools in travel? What camera do you use?
I have a Fujifilm x-t20, and a few Fujinon lenses: 10-24 mm, 18-55 mm, 55-200 mm and 56 mm. sometimes Also, when I travel, I always carry the iPad for editing.
What, in your opinion it would be nice to know about photography in the beginning?
It was necessary to shoot more in those countries where I travelled, especially in places like Japan, because it is far away and I don’t know when I’ll be able to go back. I regret also that not photographed more in the countries of North Africa,because for the last 10 years this region has changed so much.
How would you describe your style in photography?
Not long ago someone pointed out on a literal understanding of the conflict in my work, I mean the conflict between man and nature. I really associate your work with this vector, especially in the last two years, when my pictures finally began to stand out in the mass of my early works, among which were more conceptual art and design elements.
Do you have any pet area or object that you love to photograph?
I really like to remove the industrial infrastructure and means of transport, but not flashy and modern. They must be somehow associated with the modernist vision of progress and preferably stand out due to the environment or the game world. I love to go to the city early in the morning before it is busy and crowded.
Your favorite spot on the map of Europe?
Favorite spot is always the next not yet dated. This is the place in which you plan to go. So, I have to admit that my favorite point in Europe is located on its periphery: Apulia in southern Italy, where I plan to go in a few months, and on the other hand, in the far North – the Norwegian Svalbard, where I also certainly will ever get.
The most memorable photo ?
It was early morning, I wandered in the old town of Porto, testing high definition lens 56 mm f1.2, which is also perfectly conveys the side. And here I was able to “flip” the old couple that left the house. I felt like a few seconds stepped into their world, and at the same time that I suddenly managed to catch the spirit of a whole generation of older Portuguese. This picture made me think a lot about my work and reminded that I’m shooting street scenes are so frequent, how hot would it to do.
Are there things that you will never want to photograph?
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