The Guestbook: our interview with João Marques

The Guestbook: our interview with João Marques

Giulia Guido · 3 months ago · Photography

It only took us a few seconds on his Instagram profile to fall in love with João Marques‘ shots, a photographer from Lisbon.

If we had to find a word to describe his photographs, it is contemplation, linked both to the subjects he takes and to the spectators. In fact, many of his images depict figures seen from behind with their eyes pointing towards the sky, at night, during the day, at sunset, full of stars or illuminated by the city lights. Like them, we too are completely enchanted by his work.

We asked João Marques a few questions and he told us how his passion for photography was born.

Tell us how you approached the photograph. Is there a particular moment that you remember?

It started when I was around 13, at that time I asked my dad to try out his digital camera, it was an Olympus and it was pretty cool to me. I started taking mostly portraits of my friends and it kinda was something that always sticked with me through the school years. I was living in a really small town and photography turned into my hobby, I was always filming and photographing my friends. When I was 17 I moved to Lisbon to finish high school and in the following year, I went to film school. In those 3 years, I focused mainly on cinema, I was watching a lot of movies and pretty much discovering my passion for cinema. Only in 2018 after finishing my degree and directing my first short-film ‘Incomum’ I stopped for a moment and thought it could be a cool idea to get some more serious knowledge on photography since it was part of my life for so long but never consciously. I went to Ar.Co and did a 1-year course and that’s when I started to do it again, and I just kept going.

What does photography mean to you and what do you try to tell through your shots?

I work most of the time by instinct, so there’s not that much of a reflection behind my work. At this point, something I understood about myself is that I have a need to create and express myself artistically in some form. I love that photography gave me this opportunity to produce instantly, create an idea or express my perception of a feeling on an image. For someone like me who already has a background also in the film world, where everything is much more complex and involves a lot of people, photography gives me the chance to make almost like a mood board to how I want my films to look and feel like. 

What equipment do you use to shoot? Which tools do you take with you when you shoot and why?

I shoot both analog and digital. My digital camera is a Sony A7 III and my film camera is Pentax K1000. It’s funny because actually I’ve never had other film cameras yet (besides point and shoot ones). I’ve been thinking about moving to a 120mm camera but for now still sticking with this one. I don’t like to do very much planning, so I guess most of the time I don’t take anything else besides the camera. If I take something it would be a small light or some prop that I would like to use on the shot.

Is there a shot you are closest to? Can you tell us about it?

If I had to choose one image, maybe this one. This image was taken around 2 am on January 1, 2019. This was the day where I started this series that I titled ‘the sky is a painting’ of night shots. This one represents all the other similar night images that I’ve done. I’ve always felt connected to night time and the sky. I used to stare a lot at the sky and have one of those moments of realizing how small we are. I like to play with this idea of the human vs universe. I would like to do in the future a photo book with all my night atmospheric shots.

Are there artists you follow or are you inspired by?

Sure. There are some other photographers I follow through social media that I find inspiring, mostly I think what attracts me is a personal point of view of the world and life. Some artists I highly recommend taking a look are Mia Novakova, Maya Beano, Tristan Hollingsworth and Edie Sunday for example. However, I think what I’m mostly inspired by is movies. Some filmmakers that have inspired me are David Lynch, Jonas Mekas, Teresa Villaverde, Wong Kar-Wai, and Robert Bresson.

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Glen Martin Taylor and his reconstructed ceramics

Glen Martin Taylor and his reconstructed ceramics

Giulia Guido · 2 days ago · Art

Among the most famous and fascinating artistic techniques, the ancient Japanese art of Kintsugi undoubtedly stands out. It is a practice born from the idea of transforming an imperfection, a damage or a wound into something even more beautiful and perfect. Basically, this technique consists in repairing ceramic objects, even those of daily use such as cups and plates, using gold or cast silver to weld the shards. The final result gives the object a unique look and, what is no small thing, a much higher value than the original. It is precisely from the art of Kintsugi that the artist Glen Martin Taylor was inspired for his works. 

Like the Japanese, Glen Martin Taylor repairs ceramics of all kinds, some made by him and others bought but replacing precious metal with everyday objects, from twine threads to metal elements. 

If in Kintsugi’s art the only important part is that of repair, for the artist the act of reassembling objects is as important as that of destroying them. Through these two phases, the artist frees his emotions and confronts them by creating objects that will eventually have lost their primary purpose, but not their importance. 

Discover all the works by Glen Martin Taylor on his Instagram profile

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Glen Martin Taylor and his reconstructed ceramics
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The Old Man and the Sea 2.0, Aero new mural

The Old Man and the Sea 2.0, Aero new mural

Giulia Pacciardi · 2 days ago · Art

Commissioned by Les Ateliers du Graff, in the context of the second edition of the MX29 Graffiti Tour Festival 2020, The Old Man and the Sea 2.0 is the latest work by French artist Aero in the city of Morlaix.

The mural, which occupies the facade of an entire building to a size of 70 square meters, is a tribute to the short novel by Ernest Hemingway that the artist had wanted to realize for many years and that in 4 days, in the rain and with all the attention required by the current situation, he completed.

Characterized by the realism typical of most of Aero’s works and the use of black and white, the mural shows in the foreground the portrait of Santiago, the old sailor protagonist of the novel that earned Hemingway the Pulitzer Prize in 1953, and in the background the stormy sea that the man faced to prove to himself and others that he was still able to fish.

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✨✨"The old man and the sea 2.0"✨✨ Performance of 4 days betwee the drops… – ➡️ Since the time I wanted to illustrate this wenderful novel by Ernest Hemingway, or rather what results from it, @mx29_graffiti_tour gave me the opportunity to invite me to @ville_de_morlaix (FR) to paint this 70m2 size building wall. A big thanks to @zag_artist_official and @anje.lag for the invitation and the organization at the top despite a complicated post-confinement recovery, @lesateliersdugraff @plastigraff, to Maud, Kyllian and Loùfor their hot welcome, to the staff of the Taylor Coffee (Ermate guys), to @kristof_kiger for the beautiful pictures, to Morlaix city and especially to the Morlaisiens for their smiles and their kindness!!! Special respect to Jeanne and Alexandre to whom I dedicate this painting, owner of this wall, aged 88 and 90 respectively, who offered me their facade and their confidence without asking for a model beforehand… A beautiful lesson… ❤️ Great meeting of, keep the vibes bro and hope see u soon! Big up to @sock.wildsketch, @leonkeer, @jeanrooble and @kaldea who have already worked superbly and to @sweo_5.7crew, @mister_copy, @artisterast, @nikita_5.7crew and @marko93darkvapor coming soon!!! – – – #aero2020 #graff #graffiti #graffitiart #aerosol #streetart #streetartist #spray #spraycan #spraycanart #mural #muralism #photorealism #photorealistic #photographer #hemingway #sailor #sea #birds #atlanticpuffin #zion #baiedemorlaixtourisme

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All pictures by: Kristof Kieger

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Women and nature in Amylili’s illustrations

Women and nature in Amylili’s illustrations

Giulia Pacciardi · 21 hours ago · Art

Flower Lover and Plant Lady, this is how the Luxembourg-based illustrator Amarylis Hibon aka Amylili calls herself.

When taking a tour on her Instagram, it is not difficult to grasp the strong bond the artist has with nature, its colors, and shapes.
In all her illustrations, whatever the protagonist, there is always an element that can be traced back to the natural world, it can be a print on a T-shirt, a bracelet made of flowers or the surrounding environment.

Graduated in Product and Furniture Design from London Metropolitan University, what she loves to do is express herself and her passions through illustration, a medium she also uses to send strong messages.
Her words are especially dedicated to women, those she would like to see more self-confident and aware of their strengths, qualities and possibilities.

Here you can find, as always, our selection but to see all Amylili’s works follow her here and here, to support her business instead follow her here.

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We Are Who We Are, Luca Guadagnino first TV series

We Are Who We Are, Luca Guadagnino first TV series

Giulia Pacciardi · 20 hours ago · Art

The first series by award-winning screenwriter, director and producer Luca Guadagnino will be released in October on Sky and in streaming on NOW TV. It consists of 8 episodes that tell the story of two young people living their adolescence in an American military base in Italy..

We Are Who We Are is a story that deals with themes such as friendship, first loves, contrasting feelings typical of the age of the two protagonists, and of all teenagers in this world.

HBO, who didn’t want to leak too much information, commented on the series when the teaser was released: 

We Are Who We Are is the story of two American children living on an American military base in Italy. The series explores friendship, first love, identity and plunges the audience into the messy sense of euphoria and anguish of being a teenager – a story that could happen anywhere in the world, but in this case, it happens in this small slice of America in Italy.

The cast of the series, along with the two protagonists played by Jack Dylan Grazer and Jordan Kristine Seamón, also includes actors of the calibre of Chloë Sevigny, Kid Cudi, Alice Braga, Francesca Scorsese, Corey Knight, Beatrice Barichella, Ben Taylor and Sebastiano Pigazzi.

While we are waiting to learn more about this first experiment carried out by the director of films such as “I am Love”, “A Bigger Splash”, “Suspiria” and “Call me by your name”, take a look at the teaser you can find here.

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We Are Who We Are, Luca Guadagnino first TV series
We Are Who We Are, Luca Guadagnino first TV series
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