My journey so far

I always knew I was not a science person. I was always really bad at maths, I never liked physics and I never liked sports. I guess my interest for art began on high school (although I’ve studied literature all through those 3 years). At the time I was already super interested in portuguese literature and music but I never knew what I really wanted to do with my life. But there was always something inside me that knew that I wanted to pursue art. The only reason I didn’t study art in high school was because we didn’t have that option on the high school I went to, but I don’t regret studying literature because that’s something that I really like as well and that has growned on me.

On my senior year it was time to choose what to do next and I felt completely lost. I knew I wanted to study art but I didn’t knew what kind of art I wanted. So I decided to take a three year degree on a university that had a bit of everything inside the art world: photography, cinema, graphic design, argument and sound. I went crazy. One year after I decided that I wasn’t happy where I was and that degree wasn’t for me. So, I packed my things and I moved out. Again, I was super lost and I didn’t knew what I wanted to do exactly but this time I definitely knew what I didn’t want to do. I don’t know exactly where my interest for photography began but it was always something really close to me and that I always liked. At the time I never thought I was going to make a living out of it (I still don’t, I want to try a lot of stuff and this is all part of the process). So on the next year I started a degree on Visual Arts and Photography that completely changed my life. Since my first year, my professors taught me to look at the world from a different point of view. They challenged us with projects that we had to work on through conceptual art and (if we wanted to) through photography. It’s interesting to look back and to think how many times I thought my professors were completely insane to think that I could develop a project based on a such silly or random subject.

Before my degree I was never suuuuper interested in photography. I only knew that I liked photography and as I learned more about art I started to look at photography in a different way. A way of expressing myself. That’s what photography is for me. Now with everything that I have learnt and most importantly with what I continue to learn, I want to develop more projects about identity (which I’ve been working all through university and I will write a post about why do I insist on working on it). I want to read more, to learn more to search more and make something that I’ll be completely proud of. For me it’s an amazing experience working on a project with everything that I have, put all of my ideas, fears and frustrations there. Looking at the final result for me it’s like medicine. A momentary cure for my frustrations and a step closer to a conclusion or final result (or not?).

Right now my life has completely changed again. Last year by September I started a master degree that two months later I decided it was not for me so I started to look for a job (I might right a post about my experience on jobs interview a some tips). And yes, after a few months I finally got the job I wanted as a photographer. I’m learning and growing a lot as a person and as a  professional and I’m enjoying every moment. My days are now completely full and I barely have time for myself but one thing is for sure: I enjoy every free time that I have a lot more than I did before. So when I got back from Rome I started to work right on the next day and I started to work on a new project as well. A project that I’m putting my heart and soul into where everything is very well thought. With this I started to dedicate my free time to my creativity and to my website that I want to work on so badly and I can’t wait to share more of my journey with you!

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Photography Beatriz Gonçalves

Rome on 35 mm

On the first week of February I flew to Rome along with one of my closest friends Beatriz. It was our very first trip as long time friends. We spent 6 days there and it was one of the best experiences of our lives. There is nothing like having fun with someone that knows and understands you so well and that has the same interests as you. We ate a lot, we walked even more, we saw a lot of dogs (and that’s probably my favourite thing about Italy) and we got inspired by all the art that surrounds the amazing city of Rome. We visited museums, beautiful streets and squares, galleries, monuments, vintage stores and really amazing churches. We got lost, we caught the wrong bus several times and we bought a lot of souvenirs because we’re tourists. But the thing that I’ll remember the most is the art. It’s impossible going to Rome and not being amazed by it. I mean the city has so much history that’s inevitable not being affected by it. That trip was so amazing for me because it made me realize that I could love art so much more than I already did! Everything about the city is inspiring: the buildings, the streets (although the drivers are completely insane) the monuments and sculptures which you can find at any corner. There are details everywhere, and the art just screams at you.

I got back to Portugal completely inspired and feeling like myself again. Feeling like I knew what I was going for the first time in a long time, and what I wanted the next chapter of my life to be. This trip gave me so much inspiration that the first thing I did when I got back was starting to work on a new project that’s taking all of my time and I can’t wait to share it.

I’m definitely going to keep these images forever to never forget of how amazing it was. I’ve been so anxious to finally see these photos and they’re here! I hope you like them and fall in love with the city as I did!

 

 

My photography inspiration

I have a LOT of inspirations when it comes to photography. One of my biggest influences is the surrealism vanguard what became the basis of my work when I started photographing and creating. I was always completely fascinated by surrealism and everything that involves it. I mean when you look to a Magritte’s painting you always end up thinking what the f am I looking at? What does this mean? What is the message behind it and what is the painter trying to say? It’s really fascinating for me looking at paintings and wonder why is it the way is it and this is something I wanted for my work. René Magritte is my favourite surrealist painter as well as Max Ernst, Dalí and Miró. Besides that Mondrian, Yves Klein, Kandinsky are big inspirations as well when it comes to abstract and contemporary art. Of course it all depends of what I want to shoot but overall these are my main art inspirations. For example, lately I’ve been getting super inspired by renaissance and rococo art. I’ve been working on a new project super inspired by portraits from that time where everything is so over the top, especially the clothing what I find fascinating as well as the posing and backgrounds full of wallpapers and flowers.

Though I know my images are pretty cohesive my inspirations are always changing.  There was a time where I only did abstract and minimalistic images, and there was another time where I was only interested on surrealistic images where the body had the main focus. And through these times I never or rarely shoot faces and right now I’m more interested than ever on shooting faces and beautiful portraits with a lot of colour, vintage feelings and painting inspiration. But in spite of everything  here are some of my all time favorite artists/photographers: Synchrodogs (one of my biggest inspirations), Gioconda and August, Romina Ressia, Maise Cousins, Jimmy Marble, Brooke DiDonato, Paul Jung, Giuseppe Palmisano, Guy Bourdin, Maria Svasbová, Kelsey McClellan, Harley Weir (another of my biggest inspirations), Polly Penrose, Coco Capitán, Ren Hang, and Shae DeTar. All of these amazing artists have they’re name linked to they’re Instagram page so you can check them out. They inspire me when it comes to posing, styling, editing, lighting…everything.

Here are other photographers, artists, magazines, editors and creators that I really love when it comes to daily inspiration: Chiara Nonino, Francesca Marini, iGnant, Carlota Winder, Clo, Martina Matencio, Somewhere MagazineAesthetica Magazine, SSAW, Wonderland Magazine, If you leave, Acreati, Arianna Lago, Carlota Guerrero and Michela Caprera.

Hopefully I’m not forgetting anyone and I hope you get as inspired as I.

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Photography Beatriz Gonçalves

Where my inspiration comes from / How my creative process works

My creative mind is always on alert. I’m always looking for inspiration and I’m always getting it from everywhere. Whether that be on Instagram; from taking a walk around the city looking for places to shoot; going to art exhibitions; from fashion or photography magazines; from books, or even when I’m trying to fall asleep (weird but I’ll get to that later). The truth is you can get inspiration from everywhere and everything you just have to know how to process it.

I always try to keep my mind as inspired as possible by keeping my eyes on good content with easy access which for me is very important. My favorite place to get easy access to inspiration is Instagram where I follow all of my favorite photographers, artists, magazines, bloggers, models, influencers etc (and there’s a blog post coming up about all of my references). I try to keep my feed free of any kind of spam so every post I see has the good content I’m always looking for. Besides that I’m always looking for inspiration on online platforms or magazines and there are so many featuring the work of so many amazing creatives! Like Wonderland Magazine, Contributor Magazine, Schon Magazine, Ignant, Photo Vogue, SFMOMA, Metal Magazine, Dazed, Aesthetica Magazine etc.

I collect everything I can find online that inspires me and I put in on a folder on my computer where all my references are. And if there’s something that has inspired me to the point where I want to create something based on that, I always ask myself: What can I do with this that is going to make my work unique? And how is this going to help me? This is really important because you want your work to reflect yourself and your ideas. So I always take my references as a starting point and based on that I create something completely new. And the most important thing you have to do is to be yourself as lame as it might seem because all of your experiences and inspirations are unique. YOU are unique so of course your work will be unique too!

Another thing I always do is writing everything down. Since I can get inspired by anything there’s also a 50% chance I’m going to forget something. So I write everything down even if it seems crazy or non sense, It might be useful later. This happens a lot when I’m trying to fall asleep.That’s when a big part of my great ideas show up and I’m always to lazy to write them down because I always think I’ll remember them in the morning but I don’t. That’s when my cell phone, or a piece of paper and a pen get useful. A while ago I discovered a photography project about having great ideas while falling asleep but unfortunately I can’t remember the artist. The project was about how our creative mind is more alert when we’re relaxed because our reality starts meeting with our sub conscience and our dreams so everything seems possible. I’ve never really though about this but I think it makes sense. Besides that, once you have all of your ideias and references the next step is to start creating. At least for me. That’s when I know if what I’m doing is working or not and that’s when things can get a little frustrating.

Coat Mango | Sweater H&M | Trousers and boots Zara 

Photography Beatriz Gonçalves

My identity as a photographer

When I started my degree on Visual Arts and Photography I really didn’t knew who I wanted to be in photography or what I wanted to do. I just knew that I liked photography and I wanted to learn more about it. I learned a lot on those three years and definitely learned a lot about myself. I learned that when it  comes to art and to life all the limits we see are in our heads.

When it comes to photography, my inspirations and aspirations changed a lot over the years and it’s really interesting to see my  progress as time goes by and as I get more and more experience from it. I remember when I start shooting small school projects on my first year of university. My photography was so minimalistic and abstract, I only photographed forms, body parts, objects and shadows. Nothing really special but it became such a big part of what I am now as a photographer and as an artist! I think that we have to try everything to see what fit us the best. For example, I used to photograph music concerts and festivals and I’ve considered making that my career, but as I learned more and more about art I got totally fascinated by it and I realized I wanted my work to be seen as a piece of art and that it was much more abstract than documentary photography, photojournalism or something like that.

As time went by, and as my interest for art started to grow, I’ve started developing my own artistic projects and that was a big part of discovering what and wanted to do and what I wanted to be. First I start by developing the conceptual part of my project or what I want my project to say, and this takes me a lot of time because it’s important to have something important to say to the world through your work/photography. There is no right way to do this, sometimes I start working on a specific subject based on something that I saw or based on personal experiences, but either way, looking for inspiration is essencial (and there’s a post coming up all about where do I get my inspiration from and how my creative process works). Once I feel like I have enough information I will start to shoot! Every photographic project that I have has a conceptual part to it, has a reason to be the way it is and that is called what you may have heard as conceptual art!

On my latest projects I’ve been focusing my photography on the camouflage thing and you can read all about that on my portfolio here on my website. I’ve been investing a lot more on styling and trying to make that work with the space where I’m shooting. I can see a lot of development since my last year’s work to this year’s and I couldn’t be happier with my progress. I always try to create an image that’s interesting to look at and at the same time that makes people think of why the image is the way it is. But I’m sure my work will continue to chance over time, and I will always try to experiment new things or else my images will be the same thing over and over. But rather it’ll be on my way of shooting, positioning the model, styling, location or editing, I’ll always try to have my signature well noticed. Because it makes me really happy when someone tells me that they can recognize one of my images anywhere. That’s such a big complement to a photographer.

Coat Pull and Bear | Blazer H&M | Culotte Zara | Earrings Mango | Sneakers Reebok

Milan November 2016

It has been a year since I went to the Photo Vogue Photography Festival in Milan where I spent only two days discovering the beautiful city that is Milan. On today’s post I’m going to share some 35 mm film photographs of my little trip that I’ve enjoyed so much and never got the chance to share them. I can’t wait to go back there.

Here are some memories.

My boyfriend looking really cute

Of course I had to photograph the sausage dog 

This was the beautiful Castello Sforzesco

How beautiful is this light?

I’m such a tourist 

This was a really cute little caffe inside Galeria Vittorio Emanuele II but it turned out to dark 🙁 But the reflection in the window tho

 

Again, this light 

GOD I MISS ITALY

A little bit of red

I know that in these first two posts I’ve been wearing a lot of red but I promise that’s pure coincidence ahaha. I’m writing this post to share with you two things I’ve been obsessing over these past days. First of all I’ve finally bough a beret to wear this next season and I really don’t know why I haven’t done it sooner! I mean how cute is it? I’ve never liked wearing hats or berets or anything in my head (and I don’t really know why I guess I always though it wouldn’t look right because of my bangs) but this baby looks always right. And then this trench coat and I finally found the perfect one. This gorgeous baby it’s from Stradivarius and I bought it on sale for 15€ and it couldn’t be more perfect. I love his length and I thinks it looks absolutely amazing with everything. This is such a classic way to wear it, I mean black, white and red look so nice together. You can never go wrong with it and it gives you such lovely parisian vibes which I love. I will post a lot of more outfits wearing it probably on my Instagram.

 

Trench Coat Stradivarius | Shirt Zara | Skirt H&M | Shoes Zara | Beret Zara

 

Everyday make up

Although I love watching YouTube videos and keep following my favourite beauty gurus that create the most beautiful make up looks, when it comes to daily make up I like to keep it simple. Honestly I admire everyone who has a full face of make up every day because I don’t have that kind of patience. I rarely use foundation, BB cream or any other product. On my daily make up routine I only use concealer and my favourite one is the Natural Concealer from Kiko on the shade 02, and then I use the powder Clair Light 05 from Sephora to put on top. My skin it’s not perfect but I think I’m a lucky girl on certain things.

When it comes to eye make up, the wing liner is an essential and I love the Lipliner Ink on the shade Jet Black from H&M. Even though if I scratch my eye it’s most likely to come out, but if I don’t touch my eye it can stay all day without fall outs and the best thing about it is how cheap and how good it is. Honestly I don’t really like wasting too much money on make up (even if I can’t keep myself from lusting over everything that’s new at Sephora). Obviously the mascara runs along with the eyeliner and although I’ve tried a lot of mascaras I still couldn’t find one that I completely love as I love the eyeliner. Right now I’m using the Extra Sculpt Volume Mascara from Kiko and honestly I’m gonna keep searching. I love the look of spidery lashes maybe because they have something so sixties that I really like.

When it comes to bronzer, I love this H&M one on the shade Golden Honey, and I always wear it with the blush from KIKO on the shade 01 Velvety Peach. I don’t really like blushes with very strong colours, and this one is amazing and besides that it has such a creamy formula which it’s perfect to apply with a beauty blender. At last, when it comes to lipstick I find that all I can see on my make up bag are different shades of red, and on this case the Rosehip Jam 037 it’s the kind of red I love to use on my daily basis.

My very first blog post

I’ve been thinking about what to write on this first blog post for the longest time and I haven’t found a specific subject to write about. But I finally set down in front of the computer and I’ve decided that it was time to start working on it. I found this first post the weirdest and hardest to write because you don’t really know what to say, so I’m gonna write a little bit about me. My name is Ana, I’m from Fafe, Portugal and I have the biggest passion for creating. I have a degree on Visual Arts and Photography and for the last three years I’ve been working on my photography portfolio where I (proudly) can see myself as an artist by creating something that could only be mine.

Although I really love being a photographer, I’ve created this blog to share things I love like clothes, ideas, inspirations, images that are personal to me, and other stuff that I enjoy but don’t belong in my Facebook or Instagram page, and that has nothing to do with the photography that I normally do where everything it’s so carefully thought.  I also want to develop other capacities like writing, and pay more attention to other things that I love, and to share people and places that inspire me and I hope to be able to inspire someone too.

 

Sunglasses Prada | Blazer Vintage Gianni Versace | Shirt Stradivarius | Jeans H&M | Bag Love Moschino | Shoes Zara

Photography by Margarida Lemos