Looooong Shots
This bigger project as a page of its own. Please check here.
 
The Crow (Brussels 2011-2012)
The first time I saw it was in the Soignes Forest, on top of a dead tree. But I really did notice it later, when it appeared close to the Atomium, in the trees to the right. In another occasion, the same dark bird appears on the top of the buildings, close to the Botanique. And then, in the Bois de La Cambre, in the grass. On the way to the supermarket, I don't see it in the trees, but I hear it, somewhere. Can't be the same? Is it? The probability of it being the same is not 0. He follows me. Nature follows me.

(photographs part of the Looooong Shots Project, giant size and high-resolution, exhibited in Brussels 2012-2013)
 
 
And then there was an elephant (Brussels 2011-2012)

I watch how Nature reveals itself, in the city. There are trees that win over Man, sprouting in between the pavement and concrete. I see the extraordinary symmetry in the flowers on the windows. Even in a shop selling a multitude of stuff, I discover enormous quartz crystals in the middle of toilet paper, tools and meat grinders. There is a crow that follows me, in the forest, in the city and parks. With a tiger and a lion, cats appear in extraordinary forms, from furry puppets, to porcelain or wooden, to real cats, peeking out at the windows. And there there was an elephant!

(photographs part of the Looooong Shots Project, giant size and high-resolution, presented at the OPENSHOW Coimbra/Portugal, 2013)
Nature decides
In the execution process of giant-sized and high resolution panoramic photographs, I decided to focus a particular detail or plane in what would finally be a photograph of enormous relative dimensions. Nature decided the rest, in what would remain focused or unfocused. It may have been a snow-flake or the bark of a particular tree. I accepted Nature's decisions.

(photographs part of the Looooong Shots Project, giant size and high-resolution, some exhibited in Brussels 2012-2013)
Cats of Brussels
(Brussels 2011-2012)

There is something about cats in Brussels. I go running and I see an enormous puppet of a white tiger on a window. I go shopping and I see another one, of porcelain. Along another street and window, there is an enormous wooden one. But then, the real ones appear, peeking out. Some are shy. Some are vain. Others are distrustful. Some are uppish. Others are unhappy. It's in front of our home. In the toilet of some friends' house, on a poster. On posters in the streets. There even is a lion in a shop. They are everywhere!

(photographs part of the Looooong Shots Project, giant size and high-resolution)
 
 
Cesária, cretcheu
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Honourable Mention at International Photography Awards 2010

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Nature Landscape
Lithospheres
These photographs are part of a series where the theme is the disparity between the inorganic and the organic (very much present in João's work), between the hardness and apparent timelessness of rock and stone, and the organic softness and temporal dynamics in life, plants, water and even breaking ice. Violating common rules of composition, rocks appear in the bottom half and backgrounds are only partially shown and cropped, resulting in an unclear sense of scale and of context. In B&W, the variety of textures, shadows and lit areas enhance the conceptual and visual contrasts that give meaning to this set.
IPA2010 Honorable Mentions Fine Art Nature & Nature Landscape
IPA2010 Honorable Mentions Fine Art Nature & Nature Landscape
IPA2010 Honorable Mentions Fine Art Nature & Nature Landscape
IPA2010 Honorable Mentions Fine Art Nature & Nature Landscape
IPA2010 Honorable Mentions Fine Art Nature & Nature Landscape
 
Together, in arm's and heart's reach
These photographs, from India and Cape Verde, are part of a small project of family portraits. The common thread is the physical and emotional bonds, in arm's and heart's reach.
Honourable Mention at International Photography Awards 2008


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Family and Portrait
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IPAwards2008 Honorable Mentions Familiy and Portrait
IPAwards2008 Honorable Mentions Familiy and Portrait
IPAwards2008 Honorable Mentions Familiy and Portrait
IPAwards2008 Honorable Mentions Familiy and Portrait
 
Keeping it altogether
This is a single prized photograph, of a special oak tree. The meaning of the title in conjunction with the image is severalfold, either literally in the sense of the importance of trees in life, but also metaphorically being a link between the sky, air and earth. There is another understanding in the title, meaning "keeping under control".
Honourable Mention at International Photography Awards 2008

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Fine-Art Other
Nature Trees
IPAwards2008 Honorable Mention Nature Trees
 
Vertical Horizons
The photographs present fractions of vertical objects, along horizontal photographic lines. The common link is grasping the bases of those objects, being of people or trees, streams, the floor or structures. From their bases roots their existence, lives, situations, horizons, in their vertical evolution, life and form. Through fractioning, the observer imagines the whole, mentally providing the missing parts. This is enhanced by counterpoising Man with Nature, Artificial with Natural, Inorganic with Organic, Mono with Polychromatic, Geometric with Irregular.

Joining these apparently incomplete object lines, including the opposites, is a form of Deconstruction.  It is an important tool for the generation of inspiration, abstraction and even sense of aesthetics. One overcomes the most obvious and apparently banal, to find deep sense and beauty in simple things.
Honourable Mention at International Photography Awards 2008

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Fine-Art Landscape
Fine-Art Other
 
Fragments
This is a single prized B&W photograph, of a street scene, in Mindelo, Cape Verde. We see fragments of several sorts, glass, stone, bricks, pavement tiles and, ultimately, the lives of the three people present. These are all in diverse directions. All lines, textures and paint are also extremely diverse. All is a metaphor of fragments.
7th Annual Black &
White Spider Awards
People | Photograph
"Fragments" in B&W, 2012
1 Nomination
 
Tête-à-Tête, who will leave?
Two big males fight for territory and female mates. It involves no blood or wounds, but it is tremendously powerful and violent. It is in their blood and genes, with or without any interference of Man. It is the first time they meet, but there is an unbeatable power that makes them clash and fight together and against. Their eyes seem expressionless, as if blind. There is something beyond that moves them, attracting them for the expulsion of the other. Horns and weight are their weapons. Winning means survival, for their own best kin. Head-to-head, who will leave?
 
 
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The muscles pull themselves up. But it is the strength in the spirit that takes them further.
 
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Empathy with Pastor
The first contact with the lenses and the camera was of some fear. But with time and communication with the photographer (João!) and the camera, empathy came through!
The nice Pastor (means shepherd), the dog.
My partner in a great adventure
The empathy with the photographer, in the place where the context works as comfort for the photographed person - at work, in the garden, in the park, at home, in the factory - are fundamental for a truly effective and genuine result.
It doesn't have to be my wife, as in this case!
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Self-Portraits
My inner-me is mirrored in the context where I work and on the interaction with all within it. I am with leaves, trees, with ground, waves, sea, sand and eroded rock. I am with a camera. I am with animals, mushrooms, skeletons of trees. I am with burnt soil, growing in pain and revolt. I am the paths that I take and decide to go through. I am organic and inorganic. I am with light and shadow.
 
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Portrait of a Walnut
If we look close, before eating it, you see nerves and volumes that resemble our brains. It is the power of Nature in a weird nut that we have learned to see as normal. But weird it is, yes!
 
Momentary lapses of time

1 Minute / 1 Minuto from JoãoMGil_Alma Lux Photographia on Vimeo.

Video: "1 minute"
Photograph: "A touch of contemporaneity", 2012
Video: "Some things keep on going"
Photograph: "Under the dome", 2012

Algumas coisas perduram | Some things keep on going from JoãoMGil_Alma Lux Photographia on Vimeo.

Tempus Fugit - Photographia
A photograph may not be seen as the account of a single isolated instant note, but of an instant among many other happenings - an object may change and, even, the perspective of how it is seen may change in time.
Because time is fundamental in Photography, Tempus Fugit is a photographia against the immediatism that seems to contaminate the common observation and Photography of today. It also shows how diversified the ways of viewing an object may be, even if it seems objective where it is not. Tempus Fugit is one more inviation for awareness in time and in diversity.
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Fluid trees
Among these, two have been nominated in an important contest, on Abstracts. These are oniric visions from the heart of a forest, resulting from the unique light in the occasions, and from the vision and art in the digital post-processing applied.
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