Maria Louceiro's photographs and the delicacy of light
To study mining and geo-environmental engineering, tackle its nooks and niches armed with calculator and telemeter, and end up as an artist that photographs and draws them. It happened to Maria Louceiro from Portugal, who graduated in Communication Design at ESAD.
Maria’s passion for photography in fact began while studying humid mineral galleries. As was the delicate, intimate and lavish style that characterizes her shots, that now portray more than just underground caves.
Some of the recurring techniques of her work are contrasts with duotone (the use of 2 colors, as in the sepia effect), double exposure and compositional games.
Creative processes that allow her to capture a diffused, veiled and phantasmagoric light. This is the most recognizable stylistic signature of her photos, perhaps tied to the enigmatic atmosphere that surrounds Porto, the city in which Maria was born, lives and works.
In the subjects she portrays we can feel the presence of hidden treasures that withhold their sighs. Something pure but clouded, difficult to grasp. A subtle flow of air, an earthy perfume or a silhouette that is revealed and awakens our senses. If capturing light is the essence of photography technique, we’ll have to see where Maria will take us.
Photos via marialouceiro.tumblr.com
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