Fernando Guerra is a well renowned Portuguese architectural photographer. He has an extensive archive of photographs on his website displaying architecture from areas of Portugal. Fernando has won many awards during his career for his photography, winning image and photographer of the year in many categories for architectural photography.
He has a very distinct style that he has adopted over the years, taking shots of building that have very sharp edges and vivid shapes. The building he shoots contrast the background making the structure stand out. It is often square building with many corners and edges, sometimes featuring vibrant colours. His composition is also key in each photograph, whether it be straight on or at an angle, the main focus is always the building and he makes it take up the entire frame.
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The idea behind my shoot was to create something editorial, I wanted to use post production to make something artistic. I also wanted my photographs to have a meaning behind them, a message that can be conveyed through an image. A simple Google search bought me to a variety of ideas I could imitate. Seeing a few clever ideas, I found one that really stood out and would be realistic to achieve via post production
However, I didn’t want to copy it exactly the same so I thought about how I could make it have a meaning. I took the feature of colouring the eyes, but removed the paint brush and instead chose to create a frame with the subject’s hands.
I wanted to convey the meaning along the lines of “creativity is in the eyes of the beholder” and the importance of our vision. How we see the world through our own eyes and the colours and details we can appreciate. The fingers creating a box represents the window we see through or can be interpreted as a reference to photography, creating the frame of an image.
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