Shades and Lights

Vasco Trancoso

Curator of this competition: Vasco Trancoso

I am a Portuguese medical doctor (gastroenterologist) that after retirement, resumed an old passion asleep: Photography. After a first moment with contemplative images of landscapes I awoke, at the end of 2014, to Photography on public places. I´m fascinated by the unpredictability of streets, as in Jazz and Life, and now I have a daily routine where I shoot for myself and for pleasure. An healthy and saving obsession. On the streets I´m happy to discover daily miracles that arise as fragments of a parallel dimension where the ordinary and banal can be extraordinary. In 2014-2015, 95% of photos were in B & W. In 2016-2017, my photographic "voice" changed and 100% of the work became Candid and “in colors"- always using a compact camera. Now as I make Candid shots and usually I do not need to ask for authorization to photograph because the light shade game I use makes people unidentifiable. I only ask permission after the shot in the very rare street portraits I shoot with the camera in silent mode picking up people without them noticing or even "on your face". I love more color work because allows me to highlight certain elements and color patterns in an image. I feel color brings out an extra meaning and better depth / layers / tridimensionality – improving object recognition and associations inside frame. There is no messages but just a way of seeing where visual pleasure and color composition are the most important. I am fascinated to discover the magic of light in the urban kaleidoscope when fragments of colors emerge between dark silhouettes and deep shadows. A way of seeing through the primacy of aesthetic choices, geometries and the elaboration of contrasts. The plastic approach, the chromatic composition, the emotions and the graphic impact are decisive. Essentially I photograph for visual pleasure and for the happiness I feel when I make a good image.

The results of this competition will be announced as soon as possible





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