The places where we usually pass with indifference are the ones which most attract and fascinate António da Cruz Rodrigues. Because these are the place that allow him to reveal, through the image captured, a world that previously did not exist.
“My photography reveals, or intends to, a world that did not exist, a world which is different from the one that previously existed. That is why I am so fascinated to take photos at places where we are used to pass by with indifference.”
This creative act does not happen instantly. Sometimes it may take weeks, months, even years to come across with a photograph, just one, that indeed represents the identity of this project.
As we understand it, António, DESOBJECTION is almost a sociological register or yet an anthropological study of a “non-existing” place and its unknown people that you somehow dared to bring up, discovering families, solitude, daily routines, smiles, fears…
How did you capture all this senses and life itself in a place people seem to want to get away from in order to go back to life outside?
“This can only happen when we visit a place repeatedly, flirt with it without its consent, confining it to a single look, also without its permission. It is as if I said "this place is mine': letting it know this through the photographic image that I show.”
“My creative act and its hypothetical value is not only about the way I confine the place or about the way I establish physical limits over a territory, through an image format that explicitly shows the elements that it contains. My creation is about the abstract ability to go beyond the physical limits that the printed image imposes.”
“The bigger the territory and the physical limit of the printed image, the less I dominate it and more abstract and beautiful it becomes, stimulating my curiosity and ability to inquire.”
You observed and studied this tunnel for at least two years. Do you consider yourself as making part of it now?
“I do not want to be distant from the photographs I take. I want to be part of the places I photograph. I do not want to look at an image as if it was a map that brings me the illusion of owning a territory where I have never been, and which "objectifies" it in order to find a specific meaning or sense.”
“My photographs are meant to be "dis-objectified" (de-objectified) from the photographed place. I intend to go beyond the common sense, without prejudice. My photographic work neither intends to objectify the place which is photographed, nor to dominate it.”
When you choose a place to observe and then decide to photograph each of its moments, what are you looking for, António? What is the purpose of DESOBEJCTION?
“I am looking for time.
I am looking for the Infinite Time when images have no time. A time when images are eternal.
I am looking for the Moment Time, when images reveal different life stages.
I am looking for the Measure Time, when images show a time that goes by and which is lost forever.”