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In Photo on November 26, 2011 at 12:00 AM

The first time I saw this photo by Christian Chaize – I was {glued}.

It has so much beauty, fun, and elegance. The white sand is inviting. What I love the most are the big beach umbrellas and beach towels in different designs and colors brought by beach goers. The most amazing thing is this photo wasn’t staged; it is just the way the paradise of a certain coastline in Portugal is. ♥

Here is a statement from {The Artist}:

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”—Marcel Proust

Five years ago, Portugal did present itself as a new landscape in my life—both literally and metaphorically. Since then, I have photographed exclusively along a very small stretch of its southern coastline. Returning to this specific place, I’ve sought out its nuances. In doing so, I have peeled back layers of how I see, and how I experience this magical environment.

The results of my slight obsession have evolved into two distinct series. Here are two images from Praia Piquinia, a body of work focusing on a singular, secluded beachfront in which all of the pictures are taken from essentially the same elevated angle. What the still life was for Morandi, this beach is for me. From a distance, I observe the variables: light, weather, time of day, the ebb and flow of the ocean and the sunbathers, unaware, below my large-format camera. The images are shot vertically, a departure from the traditional, horizontal format in landscape photography. It puts my subject matter in the form of a portrait—an ongoing record of this ethereal yet playful nook in nature over the minutes, the days, the years. Ultimately, I try to instill an element of time within these captured moments… visceral time, elastic from one image to another. And always, I seek to have new eyes.

  1. Thanks for sharing this lovely picture. What month of the year was it, when you took this photo?

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