PHOTOGRAPHER IN FOCUS
Since Inês was young she always found the workings of photography and film fascinating. As she got older communication and culture became present in her life, but she always had a strong relationship with the arts. It was during her degree in communication she realized that photography was something she wanted to strive for as a career.
She tells me her biggest influences include: Nan Goldin, Cindy Sherman, Diane Arbus, Peter Lindbergh, Martin Parr, Mary Ellen Mark and Tyler Mitchell. What draws her to these photographers is that they are able to take a portrait and tell a story with it. Inês likes to explore fashion photography, portrait photography and self-portraiture.
Inês has been working as a full-time photographer and videographer since she graduated and is currently working as a content producer for a production company. Considering the time-consuming nature of this profession, she notes that she would "love to have the opportunity in the future to create some more independent projects."
The composition of Inês' shots are very interesting. When asking her how she goes about framing them, she mentions that she has always given a lot of free space to the top of the frame, which is seen as a "big no no" in portrait photography. Now this style is one of the things she loves most in her work. The thought that she puts into composition was enhanced by her growing interest in analogy photography; "a film only has a certain number of pictures meaning you really have to think about what you are shooing before you press the button."
She tells me that she always like creating a connection with her subjects. She explains her vision to her models so that they can "meet halfway in creating an image." Inês claims it is important to make subjects comfortable in their own skin and to take the emphasis off the camera which can sometimes become intimidating. She likes to create an atmosphere of security and friendships which is something that resonates clearly throughout her work.