Photography of Mariana Dias from Portugal

Portuguese analog photographer Mariana Dias shoots with great sensibility and sensuality. Most os her work is a visual narrative depicting emotions, feelings, memory and intimacy. There’s peace as well as turmoil amidst fears and desires. She works principally with film and her photos have a very pleasing tonal quality and grain.

About: My name is Mariana and I was born in 1986. I have a degree in Fine Arts and I am taking Masters’ Degree on Contemporary Art. I started working with photography back in 2009. Although I did start with digital photography, analog is my main choice and I mostly (if not only) work with 35mm.

Mariana Dias Photography (2) Mariana Dias Photography (3) Mariana Dias Photography (4) Mariana Dias Photography (5)Photography: I prefer working with 35mm photography, as stated above, mostly because of its eerie atmosphere; all reality looks like it’s suddenly transformed into something else, a dream perhaps. It’s like I’m catching a molecule of my inner-self and world.

I work with a Canon AE1 at the moment, with 50mm prime lenses. I also own a Polaroid camera but I haven’t worked with it yet! I enjoy working with any kind of film brands (don’t have a favorite yet!) and expired ones too! I love natural light. Usually I shoot indoors and try to find a good location where the light looks astonishing to me.

Mariana Dias Photography (6) Mariana Dias Photography (7) Mariana Dias Photography (8) Mariana Dias Photography (9)Mariana Dias Photography (18)Preferences: I usually focus on the human body. Poetic and melancholic frames are important for me. I love to catch small details, such as a simple touch/gesture… fragile and intimate attitude. I try to create uncanny and dream like environments just by choosing a good approach or angle.

Influences: ‘Final Fantasy’ (the game series) is a major influence to me. I’m a fan of it since I was 11 and it still means a lot to me on a daily basis. Other than that, I usually find inspiration in simple things such as movie frames, book quotes… & music. I’m all into all kind of arts! I love cinema in general, reading and music, so anything can influence me.

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About Nishant Mishra

Nishant studied art history and literature at the university during 1990s. He works as a translator in New Delhi, India and likes to read about arts, photography, films, life-lessons and Zen.

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