The Costa Vicentina is a place for patient people. A place of contemplation where time accompanies observation.” The words are João Mariano’s but they take on a new energy when spoken in connection with his work. It is this invitation to contemplation that he makes in this album so that, through his gaze, we are conquered by that unique piece of land and by the people who make it theirs.
The first four chapters take the titles of the books they were written for, together with the summary-chapter – which is presented here – mostly devoted to the collection he made for the Carrapateira Museum of Sea and Land. The books he dedicated to this region therefore take on a new life, now from a more far-reaching viewpoint. He revisited the works from where they resulted and that here take on a different expression: he reedits untouchable photographs, in addition to making room for unpublished images that captured him so many years ago. Time helps create distance, far from the emotional load of the time they were taken, changing the form of evaluation by the author himself. (…)