Photography by Matilde Viegas

Apr 18, 2017

Matilde is a Portuguese scientist and photographer who creates beautiful and inspiring images that are authentic, uncomplicated and very expressive. Guided by intimacy, her portraits show women in everyday situations and are a reminder of the constant beauty that surrounds us. In this way her work, besides inducing calm and joy, acts as as a perfect source of inspiration to go out and capture our daily lives. Following we present a short interview that we had with Matilde: am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us? MV - My name is Matilde Viegas, I’m from a small town in the north of Portugal. I’ve been living in Porto, Portugal for some years now. I moved here to study Biochemistry. I’m currently working on a Theoretical Chemistry research group. am - How did you start in photography? MV - I began taking pictures in 2008, when a friend of mine handed me a Nikon FM. Shortly after it was my birthday, my mother bought a Nikon FM as well from a local photographer. It was my camera for years until it was beyond repair. Somehow, I have to thank my mother for this passion of mine. am - What inspires your work? MV - Intimacy is the main propeller for my pictures. I believe it was when I first saw Nan Goldin’s 'Ballad of Sexual Dependency' that it became clear to me what I was after when shooting. It’s a book I go back to many, many times. It is filled with compassion, and profound empathy. am - Why do you photograph women, what is the impulse behind this series? MV - I believe it is somehow related to what I mentioned before, this empathy. Only late last year, when I was going through all of my films, I realized that women were always present. These were friends, acquaintances, even strangers. Without effort, I relate to them. am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists? MV - Nan Goldin, Alec Soth, Todd Hido. am - If you could travel and stay in a place for one year, where would you choose to go? MV - Japan. am - Favourite songs / bands at the moment? MV - Forever favorite: PJ Harvey. am - What’s your favourite movie? MV - Oh, I just don’t know, I can’t choose! am - What is your favourite photo book? MV - ‘Moises’ by Mariela Sancari.

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