Macabr’Ology – an art installation


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Macabr’Ology

 

This past December, I and friend the artist Ita Branco collaborated in a new visual project entitled Macabr’Ology.

The exhibition of freaks, monstruosities or wonders of nature was an essential component in the traveling exhibitions of Europe and America throughout the Victorian period. It was within this imaginary and revivalism that Macabr’Ology was created. Macabr’Ology is the object of study of the macabre, the cult of the bizarre. An Ode to the odd, singular contemplation of the sublime in the grotesque. 

 

Our work was exhibited at the BlackSheep Art Gallery during last December.  We built an artistic installation comprising the works of Ita Branco, my photographs, and vintage furniture refurbished by the Unike Studios. Here you have a short video that we made about this exhibition.

I also took one of the photos I did for this series to the exhibition in which I took part at the Fujifilm X-Photographers Are Coming to Prague.

Somnium Taxidermistam
Somnium Taxidermistam

You can read everything about the event and the great experience I had in Prague on this blog post.

My first test of the new Fujifilm GFX 50S

 

The series Macabr’Ology was the first production that I did with my new Fujifilm GFX 50S. 

This was actually the first picture I shot in my studio with the new camera

Wall shot will several pieces created by Ita Branco for Macabr'Ology.
Wall shot will several pieces created by Ita Branco for Macabr’Ology.
Behind the scenes of how I got this shot.
Behind the scenes of how I got this shot.

I wanted to create a wall effect full of interesting found artifacts with some of the artist first creations. The details of the pictures I got from the Fujifilm GFX 50S were amazing. Sharp, crisp lush and vibrant colors.  All this made an incredible first impression.

Fujifilm GF 120 mm F4 Macro – the perfect medium format Macro lens

 

My lens of choice for this series is the Fujifilm GF 120 mm F4 Macro. This is a handy optically stabilized prime lens with an excellent close focus capability. I was reproducing fine art objects that are tiny, and the Fujifilm GF 120 mm F4 Macro prime lens showed to be perfect to capture all the details.  

Borboletixu
Borboletixu

I prefer to shoot tethered while shooting in the studio. I can control my settings and visually compose my image, all by a computer connected to the camera via a TetherTools cable.

 

Using the Fujifilm GFX 50S at the fine art level

 

During my creative process, I don’t want to have to think about the technical aspects of my equipment. I expect results and I won’t comprise on quality.

The Fujifilm GFX 50S is a lightweight and compact medium format camera system. This made my transition from my Fujifilm X-T2 and X100F very easy. The menus and button placing are very similar.

I approach my shoots from the perspective of a painter, who conveys emotion through visionary storytelling using rich settings and the use of elaborate and complex light. Thus my visions only come to fruition after they are printed, and showcased. 

 

The Fujifilm GFX 50s has an amazing image quality, is intuitive and compact. For all this I find it to be the perfect camera to make my vision come to life.

Detail of Apiphobia I
Detail of Apiphobia I
Apiphobia II
Apiphobia II
Profile of a Bride, ambrotype.
Profile of a Bride, ambrotype.
Portrait of a Bride with Skull, ambrotype.
Portrait of a Bride with Skull, ambrotype.
Director & Executive Producer –  João Carlos
Camera – João Carlos
Camera assistant – Antonio Jose Almeida
Photo Assistance – Antonio Jose Almeida
Model – Sagaphia
Video Operators – Joao Carlos, Pedro Davim, and Antonio Jose Almeida
Video Editor – Joao Bras and Pedro Davim
Gear list

Thinktank Airport TakeOff Rolling Camera Bag

ThinkTank Perception 15

Fujifilm X-T2

Fujinon XF 56mm f1.2 R

Fujinon XF 35mm f1.4 R
G-Drive ev 1 Tb
BlackRapid Strap
Thinktank Citywalker 10
3 Legged Thing tripod
Sandisk Extreme Pro CF cards
Sandisk card case
Sandisk microfiber lens cleaning cloth

TetherTools USB cable

3 Legged Thing tripod

Westcott Background Support Kit

Westcott Backdrops

2x SMDV Briht-360

Standard Reflector BR-120
SMDV Carrying case
BR-40 Snoot with grid adapter
Diffuser fabric
 Profoto B1
Profoto 1×6 feet RF strip
Fast Flag by Westcott
Broncolor Pulso G
Broncolor Beauty Dish
 Profoto B2
Halo by Westcott
Honeycomb grid

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