João Guedes – The Diaries Project

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João Guedes ist ein leidenschaftlicher Fotograf aus Londrina, der viertgrößten Stadt Südbrasiliens, der bereits mit 16 Jahren sich zur Fotografie berufen fühlte. Seine Bilder vermitteln uns einen neuen und zärtlichen Blick auf die Sinnlichkeit der Frau, in normalen Posen und Situationen.

Mit “diaries project” werden tägliche Bildsequenzen von schönen Frauen fotografisch dargestellt. Wie er dieses Projekt umgesetzt hat, seine Denkweise, seine Pläne und was die Fotografie für ihn bedeutet, im nachstehenden Interview.

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Elle:
How did you start out in photography?

João Guedes:

I started out in photography 16 years ago while doing my bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Advertisement. Eight years later I decided to have it as my profession.

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Elle:
Would you give a brief walk through your work flow?

João Guedes:

There’s a lot of planning involved in the Diaries Project. I normally start by speaking with the model about the project and also try to learn a little about her own expectations. We then begin to think about the art direction for the photoshoot, which involves location scouting and styling. Since I always work indoors, the ambient style and the quality of available light are both decisive. After the photoshoot, I select the pictures in order to try to tell a story, and only then I start editing the images.

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Elle:
What has been the biggest influence on you photography?

João Guedes:

My two older brothers definitely played a major role in my life. They both introduced me to the world of art and encouraged me, since I was still a kid, to explore my creativity and find my way as an artist.

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Elle:
Tell us something to your way of thinking and acting for your work “The Diaries Project “?

João Guedes:

I want the pictures to give the idea of me – and the viewer – entering this intimate universe that once belonged only to my imagination, but without being noticed.

It amazes me the strength and beauty found in the most delicate and simple gestures, such as a woman tying her hair, having a cup of coffee, or even sleeping. So the project is driven by concept of me getting into this world I do not belong. Like a person who gets to secretly read someone else’s diary.

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Elle:
How do you keep yourself motivated and your photography creative, inspiring and fresh?

João Guedes:

For me is the challenge of trying something new, the idea of producing my own work, with my own identity. Also, being contact with inspiring people is incredibly encouraging. It can be simply a chat or an exchange of ideas; or the chance to share something from my experience, or even contributing with people I admire.

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Elle:
What is the one photograph that you are most proud of?

João Guedes:

It’s hard to choose a favorite photo, but this one comes to mind every time I think about the project.

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Elle:
Where do you see yourself five years from now?

João Guedes:

I love photography, so I hope I’ll still be working as a photographer and producing inspiring images. I also have plans for the years to come to start studying photography direction for films.

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Elle:
What can we expect from you next?

João Guedes:

I just started to envision my next project. It will be a portrait series that will take a different direction from “The Diaries Project”.

Boa sorte! Muito obrigado, João!

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Salut, je m'apelle Elle, Visionärin. Ich bin "full of energy", freaky und selbstkritisch. Ich lasse immer mein Herz sprechen, versäume aber nie auch den power-button für's Hirn zu pushen. Ich bin kompromissbereit in wichtigen Dingen und denke oftmals in vielen Dimensionen, was aber für Innovationen und spannende Projekte hilfreich ist. Das World Wide Web mit dem unendlichen Informationsfluss von Neuem fasziniert mich immer wieder. Als meine Passion sehe ich Kunst, Design, Fotografie und Musik. Ich bin genauso unkonventionell wie mein Humor. coultique is my wonderland - frei nach Alice - "Das Unmögliche zu schaffen, gelingt einem nur, wenn man es für möglich befindet".

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