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Fotógrafos transformam suas casas em câmeras para retratar a vida em tempos de Covid-19

Ensaio foi concebido pelo fotógrafo Bruno Alencastro a partir de seu apartamento, no Rio de Janeiro

por Revista FHOX
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRASIL – 24/04/2020: Bruno Alencastro (L) and Greyce Vargas pose for a portrait at their home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 14 April 2020. Since the end of March, they are in-home quarantine following the government guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bruno Alencastro organized the series of portraits Obscura made by several photographers in different regions from Brazil. The series shows how people are dealing with the lockdown imposed. All images of the series are done with the ‘camera obscura’ concept: a box or a completely dark room with a small entrance of light projects, in the opposite part of this opening, an inverted image of the external scene.

A história da fotografia está diretamente relacionada ao ponto de vista de uma janela. Foi a partir dela que, em 1826, o Niepce fez a primeira fotografia da história. 8 horas de exposição, ali, desde o ponto de vista da janela da casa dele no interior da França!

Muito além da fotografia, ao longo de toda história da arte, a janela como ponto de vista é um motivo recorrente entre os pintores, retratistas, cineastas e artistas visuais de uma maneira geral. Da Menina na Janela, do Salvador Dalí, à Janela Indiscreta, do Hitchcock.

NITERÓI, BRASIL – 24/04/2020: Beatriz Grieco (21), a cinema student, poses for a portrait at her home in Niteroi, Brazil, 24 April 2020. Beatriz is isolated in her house with her family, she is afraid of leaving the house, especially to no put at risk her relatives. Her quarantine routine is to study, watch TV, and to video chat with her work and friends. The series obs-cu-ra is organized by photographer Bruno Alencastro and the portraits were made by several photographers in different regions from Brazil. The series shows how people are dealing with the lockdown imposed. All images of the series are done with the ‘camera obscura’ concept: a box or a completely dark room with a small entrance of light projects, in the opposite part of this opening, an inverted image of the external scene.

Um lugar que passa a ser ressignificado por diferentes artistas contemporâneos ao redor do mundo em tempos de Covid-19. Nos dias de hoje, a janela passa a representar a fronteira e o abismo entre o mundo exterior e o interior. A liberdade e o confinamento.

SÃO LEOPOLDO, BRASIL – 02/05/2020: Caroline Muller (24) poses for a portrait at her house in Sao Leopoldo, Brazil, 03 May 2020. Caroline is a photographer and dancer and it is home quarantined with her boyfriend that is a medicine student and works on the frontline of the COVID19 treatment in his city. The series obs-cu-ra is organized by photographer Bruno Alencastro and the portraits were made by several photographers in different regions from Brazil. The series shows how people are dealing with the lockdown imposed. All images of the series are done with the ‘camera obscura’ concept: a box or a completely dark room with a small entrance of light projects, in the opposite part of this opening, an inverted image of the external scene.

Como fotógrafo, eu também queria fazer o meu ensaio durante a quarentena, mas nenhuma ideia me parecia original. E foi nesse momento de pausa, em que a gente tem recorrido ao passado em busca de respostas para quando tudo isso passar, que eu tive um estalo: o princípio da camera obscura! Ou seja: uma caixa ou uma sala completamente escura e com uma pequena entrada de luz projeta, na parte oposta a essa abertura, uma imagem invertida da cena externa, explica Alencastro.

PORTO ALEGRE, BRASIL – 03/05/2020: Clarissa Pont (R) poses for a portrait with her kids, Sebastiao and Mathias inside their house in Porto Alegre, Brazil, 03 May 2020. The picture was taken by Clarissa’s husband Eduardo Seidl, who is a photographer and a university teacher. The series obs-cu-ra is organized by photographer Bruno Alencastro and the portraits were made by several photographers in different regions from Brazil. The series shows how people are dealing with the lockdown imposed. All images of the series are done with the ‘camera obscura’ concept: a box or a completely dark room with a small entrance of light projects, in the opposite part of this opening, an inverted image of the external scene.

Inspirado por tudo isso, ele isolou completamente as entradas de luzes do apartamento onde mora no 4º andar de um prédio no bairro Copacabana, no Rio de Janeiro, e fez um primeiro teste. “Até meu cachorro ficou parado por 4 segundos para que eu conseguisse uma exposição equilibrada entre o escuro da minha sala e a projeção do mundo lá fora!”, brinca.

Na impossibilidade de produzir outras imagens confinado, Alencastro convidou outros fotógrafos que aceitaram transformar suas casas em câmeras obscuras de grande formato e capturaram a vida em tempos da pandemia. Cada qual com a sua singularidade. Conquistas e perdas. Anseios e privilégios. Medos e esperanças.

CACHOEIRINHA, BRASIL – 25/04/2020: Eveline Medeiros (25) poses for a portrait at her house in Cachoeirinha, Brazil, 25 April 2020. Eveline is a photographer and a holistic therapist, she lives with her elderly parents. Eveline and her parents belong to the high-risk group if they contract COVID-19 disease, that is why she has been on lockdown inside her house and avoiding any other contact with others. The series obs-cu-ra is organized by photographer Bruno Alencastro and the portraits were made by several photographers in different regions from Brazil. The series shows how people are dealing with the lockdown imposed. All images of the series are done with the ‘camera obscura’ concept: a box or a completely dark room with a small entrance of light projects, in the opposite part of this opening, an inverted image of the external scene.

“A partir de videochamadas e conversas pelo WhatsApp, eu fui dando dicas para eles de como chegar ao melhor resultado técnico e também do que eu gostaria que cada fotografia retratasse. Um deles estava de aniversário, então sugeri que ele segurasse uma vela para simbolizar essa situação inédita na sua vida: passar um aniversário sozinho”, conta Alencastro.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRASIL – 04/05/2020: Felipe Martini (32) (R) and Rafaela di Giorgio (31) pose for a portrait at their home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 04 May 2020. The couple had to cancel their wedding and a move to Spain due to COVID19 pandemic. The series obs-cu-ra is organized by photographer Bruno Alencastro and the portraits were made by several photographers in different regions from Brazil. The series shows how people are dealing with the lockdown imposed. All images of the series are done with the ‘camera obscura’ concept: a box or a completely dark room with a small entrance of light projects, in the opposite part of this opening, an inverted image of the external scene.

O resultado é o ensaio obs-cu-ra, caracterizado por uma atmosfera sombria e enigmática, tal como o indecifrável futuro que ninguém sabe ao certo como será. “Simbolicamente, o que vemos projetado é um mundo de cabeça para baixo, tal como o caos que acompanhamos ao redor do mundo”, reflete o fotógrafo.

PORTO ALEGRE, BRASIL – 03/05/2020: Guilherme Santos (C), his wife Gabriela Thomaz (R) and their son Joaquin pose for a portrait at their home in Porto Alegre, Brazil, 03 May 2020. Guilherme is a freelance photographer and Gabriela a Yoga teacher. They all wait for the lockdown measures to end, so they can return to their normal routines. The series obs-cu-ra is organized by photographer Bruno Alencastro and the portraits were made by several photographers in different regions from Brazil. The series shows how people are dealing with the lockdown imposed. All images of the series are done with the ‘camera obscura’ concept: a box or a completely dark room with a small entrance of light projects, in the opposite part of this opening, an inverted image of the external scene.
FELIZ, BRASIL – 14/04/2020: Josue Braun (36) poses for a portrait at his home in Feliz, Brazil, 14 April 2020. Josue is a freelance photographer and musician, with the COVID-19 crisis he lost all his source of income. The series obs-cu-ra is organized by photographer Bruno Alencastro and the portraits were made by several photographers in different regions from Brazil. The series shows how people are dealing with the lockdown imposed. All images of the series are done with the ‘camera obscura’ concept: a box or a completely dark room with a small entrance of light projects, in the opposite part of this opening, an inverted image of the external scene.
NOVO HAMBURGO, BRASIL – 03/05/2020: Leonardo Savaris (L) poses for a portrait with his wife Michele and son Liam at their house in Novo Hamburgo, Brazil, 03 May 2020. The image reflects their current daily routine, which consists of keeping their son distracted and entertained while living in an apartment building, The series obs-cu-ra is organized by photographer Bruno Alencastro and the portraits were made by several photographers in different regions from Brazil. The series shows how people are dealing with the lockdown imposed. All images of the series are done with the ‘camera obscura’ concept: a box or a completely dark room with a small entrance of light projects, in the opposite part of this opening, an inverted image of the external scene.