is fascinated by architecture and abstract photography. This passion is expressed in all of his images. He loves to play with light, contrasts, lines and shapes. He likes to incorporate a human element or silhouette to show the scale and to enhance the balance. His absolute preference goes to BW photography but he dare using colours if some subjects really capture his attention to convey an idea, an emotion or a message.
Jorge is a self-taught photographer who is continuously striving to improve his already excellent skills.
Let's listen and read what this fine artist has to tell us.
Briefly tell us about yourself, your hobbies and your jobs.
I was born in 1969 in Braga, where I completed my studies and where I still live today. I teach Portuguese language and literature in Barcelos, a city close to my home town.
I enjoy simple pleasures like being with my family, playing football with friends, reading a book that I have been waiting for a while or travelling and photographing. This all is enough to make me happy.
How has your history and life experiences affected your photography?
Photography plays an important role in my everyday life. Somehow, my life has always been connected to photography, though initially in a very spontaneous way as amateur. My father loved photography and he had two very interesting cameras: a TLR camera that he brought from overseas – still perfectly working today – and an Olympus. Thus, I grow up in an environment where photography was highly appreciated.
When I was thirteen, I bought my first camera, a compact Hanimex. We’ve had so much fun together!
The following years were not really dedicated to photography since I found new hobbies like scale modelling and writing. It was writing that led me back to photography when I felt the need to illustrate everything I posted on my writing blog. Besides, one of my best friends, who loves photography, had a huge influence on me. These circumstances combined, I ended up in 2010 buying my first digital reflex camera, a D3000 Nikon. Since then I have been self-developing my technique and defining my own aesthetic patterns.
Describe your overall photographic vision.
When I started photography I had a bit of a hard time understanding which areas were the most interesting and took pictures of everything appealing my senses. Gradually, I realized that I needed a human element, not as the main factor but as an element of balance between lines and shapes showing the scale. Another aspect was using harsh light to create shadows and vivid contrasts to accentuate some lines crossing the entire composition or a fading silhouette.
That 's how I came to realize that Architecture and Abstract pictures were the categories that fascinated me the most. Anyway, I’m always open to new possibilities and to new experiences in photography if the moment is right and the final result pleases me.
Another aspect of my work is that I hardly do colour photography and when I do, there must be some coloured objects which captured my attention to convey an idea, and emotion or a message.
Black & White is indeed my favourite way to photograph for three main reasons:
* For me, photography is a very personal way of perceiving the world. If our world often is colourful, I may want to express my personal view in black & white.
* If I suppress colours while processing, I may enhance shapes and light which reveal much more than what the colours are hiding.
* According to the Portuguese writer José Luís Peixoto, photography is the only thing that doesn´t grow old. There is something timeless and eternal about black & white photography, as if one captured moment could remain untouched by time.
Why are you so drawn by Abstract and Architecture Photography?
What guides me in photography is mainly my wish to interpret the world in my own way. A particular angle, the crossing of two lines, often the challenging balance, light focusing in a specific point, the whole symmetry, among others, are aspects that deeply touch me in aesthetic and sensitive terms, thus challenging my imagination. That’s why I am so drawn by Architecture Photography.
In almost all of my works, I try to incorporate the human element in a dialogue both with himself and with all that surrounds him. For me, this is, even in architecture, a way of understanding the relationship between space and those who created that space. This is consequently a way of relating architecture and photography. This kind of obsession leads me to explore more conceptual and abstract areas of photography.
What is more important to you, the mood/story behind your images or the technical perfection?
I have to admit that I’m not very conventional concerning the rules of composition. Being self-teaching, I mainly look forward to create an aesthetic effect and to guarantee my personal satisfaction with the final result. That’s why I don’t really care much about following this or that rule.
There are some approaches which I prefer, for example, symmetry and balance between the elements. Symmetry often creates natural harmony, flow of lines, curves and shapes Another example is that in some works I value the picture as a whole while sometimes I focus on a single detail if it is more important.
There is a particularity about me: I enjoy revisiting places. Why? Well, while viewing pictures on my computer, they take a different dimension and sometimes highlight mistakes or an unsatisfying approach. Besides, when post-processing our images, we easily come to realize that what seems to be a good picture may not be so. Hence, the need to revisit places, reshooting the picture and to improve what went wrong.
In one sentence, I would say that I value first the mood and the story.
However, if I neglect to improve my technique, I will face troubles in getting a better photographer.
Do you prepare carefully the locations where you are intending to photograph?
When I travel (and photography stimulates my wish for travelling), I'm always well prepared. I do it researching online about the main architectural icons of every place.
I try to read as much as possible about them, look at pictures and decide what I want to photograph. Obviously there is not always enough time to discover/ photograph what I want because I usually travel with my family and have to balance my interest in photography with their interests.
In spite of all this, I am very pleased with the photographic work that I have done in cities like Berlin, London, Madrid, Munich, Strasbourg, Lisbon…
As I said before, I have an inner tendency to revisit the places I have photographed before on different moments of the day (light) and with different approaches (changing lenses and POV, for example). Different results may correspond more to the idea I had in mind.
What gear do you use?
I currently use two cameras: a Nikon D750 and a Nikon D610, both with Nikon FX lenses. The two main lenses I use are the 14/24mm - f/2.8 and the 24/70mm – f/2.8. But sometimes I also use prime lenses: 50mm – f/1.8 and a 20mm – f/2.8.
What software do you use to process your images?
Adobe Photoshop CC.
Can you tell us something more about your work flow?
When I process images, I download every picture from the card into a computer folder, organized by date and location. Than I select the ones that correspond to what I had in mind before starting the editing because only a few pictures are taken into account in this stage. These are the ones I want to work on with Photoshop.
I start with basic tools like straightening, cropping, exposure adjustments and so on.
Than I move on to a more careful work with the application of layers, masks, gradients…
Having this done, I keep the photographs in a separate folder for some days.
I always go through them once more. Sometimes I don't change anything but other times I re-do a totally different editing.
Before posting the photographs, writing comes into the process. Actually, for each posted picture I write a text about it which is not exactly a description, but a kind of reflection about what it means to me. Most of the times, photographs come before the text but it also happens that I write a text first and only then look for an image that illustrates what I have written.
Describe your favourite photograph taken by you and why it is special to you.
It is hard for me to choose only one picture because all my work is connected to moments and emotions. I would like to highlight three images which are very special to me.
One of them is “A tangente de um instante” and I choose it because it is one of the first pictures I’ve ever taken with a full frame camera and a great quality lens (Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8) that has since then been essential for my work.
This picture helped me realizing that I was heading the right direction because it has been awarded in three different photography sites. It was my first approved composition on 1X and it was a first prize photo in a contest.
The second one is “O Anjo perdeu a Voz”. It’s a Conceptual work composed in a particularly difficult time of my life (the loss of my father) and to a certain extent it represented my state of mind at the time. I hold it very special even today.
The last one, “O movimento indecifrável da ausência”, is probably my best composition. It’s even been selected for an international exhibition at Sommerset House, in London, 2017.
What do you think about 1X as a home base for your work?
Good photography sites (and even social networks) are, nowadays, of great means. Not only to show people’s work, but also to learn. We all acknowledge that internet photography sites and platforms have a worldwide range. We are only a click away from everyone else. How could we ignore the informational and promotional potential of this powerful tool?
Regarding the learning dimension, we all agree that 1X is a high quality photography site that allows us to access great works. We all know that observing the work of excellent photographers is the best to improve our own work.
Besides, 1X is open to the exchange of experiences and technical ideas through forums, tutorials, interviews, etc.
In my opinion, 1X is by far the best specialized site which is highly appreciated by its demanding standards: only 5% of the uploaded pictures are published. I believe, though, that this rate is short because there are so many great works from different photographers that end up not being published…
I truly believe that being published on 1X means recognition and a strong support for everybody.
Who are your favourite photographers?
I grow in photography admiring the work of authors like Jorge Molder, Sebastião Salgado, Man Ray, Bill Brandt, Monzani, and many others, because I used their work to illustrate the texts on my blog. Later, when I started photography in a more systematic and serious way, I appreciated more authors coming across their work on specialized sites and forums. Each and everyone of them influenced my vision and work.
There are so many excellent and inspiring photographers, too many to mention all of them.
Therefore, I would like all the others whose work I admire (and they know I do) to feel included in this reference.
What is your advice to a beginner in Abstract/ Architecture Photography?
I believe photography is mainly a personal look on something. The best way to grow in photography is to look, and look at pictures all over again. The more we explore and look, the more we will be able to compare our work with the others. This also means that if we submit our work to curators, the more chances we have to improve our performance.
On the other hand, analysing photos’ EXIF information allows us to see which camera parameters are best to assure technical enhancement.
POV is always crucial in photography, especially concerning architecture photography. It is important to try different angles: move up, move down, look for an edge, change lenses, try what no one has ever done and try to surprise the viewers.
But the very first outcome of photography should be personal satisfaction, so try to please yourself till the result makes you happy with what you've accomplished and only then you should take other people’s opinions into account.
People often say that “you cannot make omelettes without eggs”. That’s why the better your equipment is and the better you know how to use it, the closer you will be to make good pictures. Invest in a good camera and, most of all, in good lenses. I could not imagine my work, today, without a good ultra-wide angle, for instance.
Finally, you must always keep in mind that many of your works may generate frustration, Embrace this circumstances and use them to improve yourself. Learning from your mistakes is as valid as learning from your success. Above all, never give up!
Adolfo Urrutia PRO
Parabéns for your fantastic work and the wonderful interview. Um abraço, Jorge.
O agradecimento pode chegar tarde, mas espero que ainda a tempo: muito obrigado, Adolfo, e um forte abraço!
Miro Susta CREW
Congratulations for interesting interview Yvette and excellent photos Jorge.
Thank you very much, Miro!
Milena Seita PRO
Parabéns Jorge. Um abraço
Muito obrigado, Milena :) Um abraço!
Laura Mexia PRO
Gostei muito de conhecer melhor o teu percurso e o teu trabalho. Obrigada pela referência às minhas fotografias. É uma honra.
Muito obrigado pela simpatia das palavras; são para mim um privilégio! Um abraço!
Ulrike Eisenmann PRO
Thank you so much for this captivating insight into the background of your stunning work, dear Jorge, and thanks a lot, dear Yvette for your efforts too!
Thank you very much for your fine and encouraging words, Ulrike! Best regards!
Congratulations Jorge for this great interview, your photos are impressive, a great job. Thanks to you Yvette.
Thanks a lot for you nice words and support. I feel the same about your work! Greetings!
A very interesting interview with amazing selection of work.. Congratultions, Jorge!
Thanks a lot for your generous and kind words, dear Orkidea! Best regards!
Julien Oncete PRO
Many compliments for your wonderful work,Jorge and also Yvette!
Thank you very much for your nice words, Julien! Greetings!
Brigitte Nietsch PRO
Congratulations dear Jorge. It has become a great interview. I like your photos. Keep it up, dear Jorge
Thanks a lot, dear Brigitte! I am so glad that you've enjoyed reading the interview :) Best regards, my friend!
Congratulations with this very interesting interview dear Jorge keep up the good work my friend You both did a very inspiring view Jorge and Yvette Kind regards Jeannot
Thanks a lot, my friend! Your encouraging words mean a lot to me. Best regards!
Paulo Abrantes PRO
Interesting interview and if i had to choose something in the interview that i really feel related to is when you say "I believe photography is mainly a personal look on something" - this is the core of my approach to fotography and I´m glad that you also think like this, not only in photography but also in your writing. So many thanks for the so nice words and i really wish you the best in this personal quest, because it´s the path i chose for myself and it´s the place where i trully feel related and connected with other´s work. Best regards
I am glad you’ve enjoyed reading the interview, Paulo! As for the quote, I am sure that every photographer in this prestigious site would agree that one’s view on a subject is what really matters and that it is somehow unique because it´s made from the use of a specific technological means (cameras, lenses…) but it also contains all circumstances involving the process (time, place, light, models, knowledge, aesthetic sense, all personal background, and so on). This inevitably happens despite the fact that all of us are “cultural beings” and Culture, as defined by Lotman, is “everything that is not genetic memory”, so it is everything we learn from our own experiences but also from the others. Thanks for your comment and for sharing your inspiring works with us all.
Peter Davidson CREW
Terrific read and wonderful images, thanks so much for sharing!
Thanks a lot, Peter! Greetings!
A very interesting interview with great photographer Jorge! I'm always inspired by his wonderful work. And I am very honored to have chosen me as my favorite photographer.Thank you very much. Congratulations!
I am the one who feels grateful with every composition that you post at 1X, as by doing so you give us the chance to enjoy true ART! Warm regards, Teruhiko!
Great article and unique style! Love your work Jorge, congrats!!
Thanks a lot, Louis-Philippe, for your nice comment. Greetings!
Excellent interview and gallery of an author I cherish and admire. Many congratulations, Jorge. Big hug.
I thank you so much, dear Fernando! You know that is exactly what I feel about you and your work! Best regards!
Congrats Jorge, an inspiring interview to read, such as your work is. Thank you very much for mentioning me. I consider that to be a big honour, coming from such a great photographer. Keep up the good work and best regards!
I am the one who thanks you for sharing your work here at 1X and throught it for allowing me - as certainly many others - to improve my skills: thank you very much! Best regards, Jeroen!
Olavo Azevedo PRO
Congratulations Jorge for your fabulous interview and all the works you choose to illustrate the article. You have a great sensibility; and a great "eye" to see; and a great soul to feel; and a great pen to expresses what through it goes through. So, I am honoured to be an inspiration for your work. Many tks. Congratulations to Yvette for another big interview. Warm regards
One of the ideas that I underline in the interview, as I believe is true, dear Olavo, is that learning is also appreciating the work of others, the way one looks at things, performs them, processes them ... the reference to your person is, therefore, genuine because your works are, for me, first reference and inspiration. Warm regards with esteem and great admiration!
I would like to thank Yvette not only for the remarkable editorial work she has been keeping at 1X, but also for the sympathy of the invitation made for this interview: thank you very much! Then I would like to thank all photographers who here, at 1X, share with me their extraordinary work that is a source for sharing experiences and learning; thank you all!
Yvette Depaepe CREW
Dear Jorge, I'm really pleased that you got so many enthusiastic reactions on your interview. Reading all these nice comments here is rewarding to me too and it gives me so much satisfaction for the editorial work I really love to do on 1x, my friend. You're such a warm personality showing a lot of appreciation for others. So ... THANK YOU!!!
Congratulations Jorge, and thanks for sharing your work and thoughts with us here on 1X. Warmest regards, Patrick
It's a pleasure and an honour to me; thank you very much! Best regards, dear Patrick!
A fantastic report from a great photographer whom I admire. Congratulations Jorge. And, as always, a wonderful job from Yvette! Best regards, MJoão.
I thank you so much for your kind words, dear M. João! Best regards!
So interesting interview! I liked it. I had known the superb work of Jorge Pimenta. Congratulations!
I am so glad you've enjoyed the interview, Jorge! One of the 1X features I value the most is the fact that it allows us to exchange principles, points of view and ideas. Greetings!
Marc Huybrighs PRO
Congratulations with this interresting interview Jorg. A recognition for your remarkable way of photography. You got a good eye and a sense for mood creation. Keep on this wonderful work. I am also honoured to be an inspiration for your work. Thanks a lot my friend. Also a thanks for Yvette for making this interview possible.
I thank you very much for your kind words, support and inspiration, dear Marc! Warm regards!
Anette Ohlendorf PRO
Congratulation Jorge !!! I have to say I was already curious about the person behind these pictures ;-) an exciting interview! Thank you dear friend and also many thanks to Yvette for your work
Thanks, dear Anette! It's very kind of you! I also appreciate the interviews that Yvette conducts with 1X photographers every week, as they are a mens to get to know the person behind the camera and behind the pictures produced :)
a much interesting interview and a pleasure to read something about you, your life and your photography. Thank you so much dear friend and also many thanks to Yvette for her work as an interviewer.
I am the one who thanks you, dear Hans, for your kind and encouraging words as well as for sharing with us so wonderful photographic works. As for the interview, We usually know each other by what our photographs reveal; Words written or said are another way to reach out and to know a little better those behind the pictures, isn´t that so? Thanks again!
Congratulations dear friend Jorge with this fine interview and a great selection of your work. Your architecture photography is poetic, that makes you stand out in this discipline. I wish you good light for the future and maybe some day we will meet. Big thanks to Yvette for another fine interview :-)
I would like to thank your generous words and I too would like to meet you personally one day, as I truly admire your compositions, dear friend Luc! Your work has undoubtedly been one of my guide lines that here, at 1X, have helped me define areas I would like to explore in photography. Thanks a lot! Best regards, my friend!
Eddy Verloes PRO
Superb interview, great photos ! Congrats ! Thank you very much Yvette & Jorge !
I thank you very much, dear Eddy! Greetings!
Carmine Chiriacò CREW
congrats Jorge!! I am honored to have included you in the list of your favorite photographers. Well done Yvette.
Thanks a lot for you words, dear Carmine! Your works are always special and truly inspiring. Besides, no other photographer registers the vertigo and dynamism of the city like you do; you make it seem a living organism - by the way, is it not? :) Warm regards!
Congratulations Jorge!, I enjoyed reading your interview, Your thoughts and accumulated experience, inspire me to continue my learning in photography. Thanks for sharing your ideas and many useful tips, and of course your excellent works.
I am the one who thanks you, Francisco! I am glad you've enjoyed reading the interview which is just one more point of view on a subject we all care about. Best regards!
Thierry Dufour PRO
Superb interview, the photos of Jorge are of a great beauty, his B & W are sublime, the contrasts are superbly realized. Thank very much Yvette and Jorge !!!
I am very touched by the sympathy of your comment, Thierry, master of macro photography. A big hug with esteem and admiration!
Yvette Depaepe CREW
Congratulations with the Photographer of the week feature, dear Jorge! Thanks a lot for your extensive and interesting answers allowing us to know better the artist behind his work. Cheers, Yvette
I thank you so much, dear Yvette, for sharing with us your remarkable photographs, for the editorial work you have been keeping at 1X and for your kind invitation to this interview: thank you very much! Warm regards, my friend!
Thank you very much, Franco!