Would you mind introducing yourself? Where are you from, and where do you currently live? Hi, my name is Nuno, I am a Portuguese photographer, cinematographer, and creative director, born in 1980 in Madeira Island and living in between Funchal and Lisbon.
Nuno’s Instagram - @nunoserrao
How would you describe your style of photography? My photos go from personal to documentary, editorial and commissioned work, usually captioned by not so random thoughts on science, philosophy, and other stuff. Most people call my photos moody, melancholic, cinematic, so maybe that's my look. I think the flaws I allow to live in my work are a big part of what others call style.
When did you first fall in love with taking photos? I always did enjoy taking photographs, I can't tell exactly when I fall in love with photography, only because I don't remember. But I do remember that when I was a young kid, probably 7 or 8, I would beg to use the camera my parents had, they wouldn't allow me to take any photos, of course, film was too expensive to waste. So I usually sneaked into their room when they were gone and played with the camera without any film in it, just placing my eye on the viewfinder, framing imaginary shots and shooting some blanks so I could listen to the shutter, that was good enough for me. Maybe I fell in love again when I saved enough to buy a camera, they were digital by then.
Do you have a favourite photography related memory, whether it be in front of or behind the camera? So many of them that it's hard to pinpoint just one, the good thing is that you can check my photos and see most of them. If I must, I would say, having a picture of mine with the nasa.gov web domain. That's a big thing for me.
What inspires your photography? Feelings, moods, people, places, science, philosophy, music, I can't really say it's one thing. All of these are more related to one another than most people are aware. All my life I have found comfort in minimalism, art, and science. I think the first one has something to do with the way my brain processes emotion, the latter one has driven my curiosity to places it would be impossible to reach without science, and art, well, art is always in the middle.
Camera & Editing Process? I've used a couple, but now I'm using a 35mm digital camera paired with some vintage lenses, Zeiss, Leica, and others. I would like to go back to film, but the film cameras I want are too expensive (aka Hasselblad medium format and Leica 35mm). My editing process is simple, usually, colour correction and curves on Adobe Lightroom, and before that, the same, but in Photoshop of course.
Are there any tips you would like to give to anyone out there who would love to create similar style photos to yours? Read, watch movies, see paintings, study artists, study scientists, watch more movies, learn, listen to music, love, think, wonder, question everything, grow your curiosity, or don't do any of the above, it's up to you. I think its only natural for us to try and emulate others, but what I have learned is that we are the result of all the things we have experienced, and a bit more. That bit that is your own is the hardest thing to find, and even harder to translate into art.
What would be your number one dream destination for a photography adventure? Is Mars available? Elon Musk are you reading this? I'm OK to go! :) I think that any research station within the Arctic circle would be a great experience. I have other destinations in mind, but I’ll try to achieve those soon(ish) and hopefully won’t be a dream for much longer.
Which time of year is your favourite for taking photographs? Fall and winter. It's rainy enough, windy enough, and usually foggy enough to wander around after dusk and find very cool atmosphere all around.
The coolest place you've ever been? Probably the top of a volcano in Iceland, or Brooklyn in New York, or inside the cockpit of an Airbus while crossing over Europe, or a dinner with a physicist from CERN. I choose the meal with cool people.
Do you have any upcoming photography trips/sessions that you would like to share? The only one I can talk about because it's already ongoing is one called Inland. Chapter one was Morocco, two was Iceland, and three should happen in 2019, don't know where yet. This series is about going, you've guessed it, Inland. Away from big cities and crowds. This series is looking for answers about me in the experience of others. Isn’t that what stories are for? Why do people choose to live in isolation? This isn’t a question about demographics, it's about something else. The end result will be a book with lot's of pictures and some words too!
Nuno’s Instagram - @nunoserrao
Nono’s Website - www.nunoserrao.com