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.
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.
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.
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.
Camera assistant – Antonio Jose Almeida
ThinkTank Perception 15
Fujinon XF 56mm f1.2 R
TetherTools USB cable
3 Legged Thing tripod
Westcott Background Support Kit
2x SMDV Briht-360