Photographer, art director… mountain bike soul rider… less conventional music lover (occasionally I play some records under the sombrero of my alter ego: the widely unknown Evil Mariachi) ...
Currently, besides these my most personal projects, I’m CEO and art director at the agency 1000olhos - Imagem e Comunicação (which I founded with my wife, in Aljezur) – www.1000olhos.pt
With time I came to discover that my real professional passion is making books. Mine and those resulting from the work of the clients of 1000olhos. I love creating concepts, putting teams together (with specialists in each one of the specific areas of each project), monitoring and supervising the graphic design … I take special pleasure in choosing the roles of the printing techniques, the finishing materials... Monitoring the graphic design adapting to another context what Robert Duvall stated in Apocalypse Now: “I love the smell of ink in the morning!”. And then … being able to hold the physical object! Feel its weight and stroke the paper, hear the rustle of the pages and look at it from all angles to check for embossments and finishing textures, inhale the mixture of smells … and finally to be able to say it is always worth doing (without having to quote Pessoa) when we are talking about a book. That is why, in my opinion, a book, as a physical object, will always be eternal.
Since late last century I have been developing a series of projects in the South of Portugal (practically all now in book form), especially in the area covering the Costa Vicentina. My first book was Warriors of the Sea (1998). This was followed by Uncommon Places (2000), In-depth Work (2001), Alembics & Alchemists (2007)… along the same line of work in 2010 the book “Seafood Catchers | Ria de Alvor: stories of a place” was published and in 2014 the series “The Unknown Known”, was presented for the first time. This is a very special approach to the coast in the council of Lagoa.
At the end of 2016 Costa do Mar was published, a large album which is a kind of synthesis of my initial projects in the remote southwest.
In 2018 I presented the project “Three hundred and sixty-six”, a long work which basically addresses “(...) the infinite differences and the onset of changes in the landscape caused by natural elements. (...)”.
Besides the projects I referred to above, I have been developing several other studies and works which have been exhibited and published in Portugal and abroad. I occasionally present my work in conferences and master classes.