Joao Barata | Bristol, UK

Short bio…

Joao  became  increasingly  interested  in  the  theories,  discourses   and  conceptual  underpinning  of  photography.    Last  year he  produced  a  documentary   landscape  series  which  brought  together  some  of  these  ideas,  producing  some  striking   images  as  a  result.   Joao  is  skilled  both  technically  and   conceptually  and  produces  interesting  bodies  of  work and  he  is  not  afraid  of  a  challenge  and  is  adept   at  making  the  most  of  any  given  situation.

You shoot film because…

Since I graduated a couple years back that my interests in photography were moved more towards the contemporary discourse of the medium, in particular landscape photography. The work of photographers such as Edward Burtynsky, Mitch Epstein or Simon Norfolk has been influencing my latest explorations. Objectivity and authenticity in photography and in particular in photojournalism is another issue I would like to develop in my understanding of the medium.

Your photography feels like…

Photography offers a complex and challenging language, contradictory on its principles of recording time and capturing reality. After all, reality is a continuum momentum so how can a fraction of time depict the “real-reality”? We often think in photography (or rather respond emotionally) as a special kind of sign with embedded relationship to truth and the real. Thus, we read a photograph within its own terms of reference, but seeing it is not so much the reflection of the “real” world.