For sure, one of the most important steps of a photographer’s career is showcasing his/her work in public. I had the opportunity to do that for the first time and it was amazing, simply because I had to explain to people how my work was made and why I like to shoot pictures like this.
Moreover, it’s quite important to know that analog photographers still make exhibits, in this world dominated by digital photography. Analog is still a technical mean, considered useful and good enough to produce some art pieces, which can be also exposed and appreciated by the public.
I randomly came across a photo gallery bar, while I was walking down the streets of Lisbon, the city where I lived for one year. I saw all those pictures and camera, the name is Alfam’art. I asked for some information and the very next day I was still there, in order to speak with the owner, named Monica. She was really kind and we suddenly started planning an exhibit for August.
The theme of the exhibit was “Looking for the Error.” A little summary of the explanation of the theme is this:
“I never felt near to the perfect picture, not even once. That’s the goal I have in photography: always continuing in this endless pursuit of perfection, not caring so much if the moment of the perfect picture will ever happen.
“Matching perfection and the mistake [which is one of my favorite themes in photography], can be quite hard. The awkward aspect is that the mistake, in my opinion, is perfection, due to the unique meaning it can have in a picture and the relationship between the subject and the controlled technical mistake.”
The exhibit was a great opportunity for me to give people a different point of view about photography, not only because of the analog technical feature of my pictures, but also because I met a lot of people who really appreciated the results, besides the techniques. I met a lot more people than expected, who had a good opinion about my work; I never thought it was possible, not even in my best expectations.