BRUNA VALENCA (Recife, Brazil)
Bruna Valença is a 27 year old Brazilian photographer from Recife, Brazil. Fan of analog photography and dreamy aesthetics, her main body of work nowadays is focused on portraying women through a female gaze, pure, real and transparent. “I want to produce images that gives me peace. Always”.
“It’s Contagious” it’s an on going project that I began shooting since I first started taking pictures, back in 2007. Youth and the beauty of ephemerality has always inspired me and it took me a while to realize I was portraying this on a daily basis. Friends that come and go. Relationships that still blossom. Close ones who died. Saying goodbyes. Being in love. All of those feelings that eventually are a huge part of our lives and disappear at a blink of an eye. I have the need to document my life so I can then understand, later on, what I was going through at that moment. My images help me grow as a person, since every subject it’s a gift and it teaches me something new. Sometimes they are close friends, sometimes they are strangers. It’s life.
Practice Statement: How does photographing on film (or using your material photographic process of predilection) inform your artistic practice?
Shooting with film slows me down. I have anxiety issues and whenever I chose a certain film I feel that I can stop time in a sense. Every picture it’s unique, and it translates an specific feeling. It’s pure magic. I can touch it, I can digest the image in its own time. Even the mistakes on film are beautiful. Because they mean something, and we learn from it. I feel that film it’s very ambiguous to me. It makes me dream and in the same time it takes me back to reality. Photographing with film it’s real. It is what it is.