Ricardo Reis

Why I Photograph

As a young person, I needed and had to put out there so many things that were stuck inside me, and very quickly, I realized that I had a different way of seeing the world. I started noticing that even if there were many people looking at the same thing as me, they weren’t seeing what I was seeing. Photography became the most realistic representation of my perspective. Photography blends all the art mediums and I am inspired to create amalgamations of the dream world with the real. I love the challenge of being able to put onto paper the ideas and surreal world of my own creation.

My Purpose

When I create a photograph image, I want to engage in a dialogue—to make the viewer feel something, even if it’s a negative reaction. I appreciate the negative reaction because I understand I’ve drawn something out in the viewer: an honest reaction is more potent than an indifferent one. I want to be able to convey an inner conversation—an ambiance, a vibe— to create curiosity in the viewer for the lives and moments depicted in my images.

My Path

When I started I wanted to be a war photographer, but in my home country of Portugal, it’s very difficult to get the connections necessary to achieve that. I was fortunate to get an internship at a daily newspaper in Portugal which led to my work being published in several major newspapers and magazines. I began to work more in fashion photography and was assigned to the fashion weeks that took place in Europe. During the shows, I found that I always preferred backstage where I had more freedom to do different things, take more risks

- Ricardo Reis [Lisbon, Portugal]

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