I have reached a moment in which my career as photographer begins to be defined. First there was a phase in which my camera was an extension of my body and I recorded all everyday moments. Then I lived a calmer period in which the camera only left the bag for recording something of special significance (that was learnt with the usage of film). Now I only use my photographic equipment when I need to communicate something. I try to share my thoughts, feelings and reflections, through photography,
That was what happened in this project in which I tried to use images to socially portray and criticize an era and an absolutely wonderful society with unique characteristics in human history. I have inspired myself in Detroit and the boroughs of Bristol and I tried to use these spaces to portray some moments in the 1980s. To me, this period sets a nearer and nearer approach to the end of a society based on mercantilism turning into one that doesn’t take care of the means to achieve endings and one that uses the individual man ignoring his identity and ambitions and submitting him to a process of social massification. A society that exchanged from a Keynesian economic model of state intervention in economy, at the end of the 1970s, into a more liberal model without much state regulation which brought social consequences and changed the structure of our lives. It is the beginning of a new world problem, still actual which presents some emerging countries labelled as third world which are rapidly are becoming, through a group of unfair and inhumane practices (such as miserable salaries, child labour), into countries endowed with a group of financial groups that dictate commercial rules impeaching our state of executing a protectionist policy or favouring home industrial growth facing this strong competition remaining no other choice but to submit to the will of lobbies.
The people, nourished with an ideal of life becomes slave to consumerism and ends up to live the life he is allowed to. This project tells about several states of mind that are formed during that slavery. It portrays the moments lived by people and that undress them from their human side and are seen as productive means and potential market for products, having in mind the profit more and more wanted. It tells you about the capacity of such groups to change human expectation, dreams and courses. To sum up… it tells about lives… inside a model of living. Each image represents a moment, a short period of a character living this era and helps to understand my representation of the mentality, habits, culture and the society of this time. The project “State of Mind” is a work that shows moments of daily routine of common lives. They are experiences lived in a society where human values and social principles tend to fade in confront with industrial and economical alienation. There is a total lack of glamour. It is real life far from big cosmopolitan centres. It is marginal life where days and tasks repeat in monotonous and cold ways. They are situation that unbalance and stir our being in a permanent way. It is also me… or you… anytime.
This is a project made by me and the writer/teacher Adão Batista, a friend from my university times that is transforming into words the images and thoughts that come. Someone who understood the sense of the project and has transformed it, improved it and be-wondered me, text after text. To my project mate, my deep thank you for these sharing moments.