15 imagesIn Alto Tâmega, a region bathed by a river of the same name, Tâmega, in the north of Portugal, a Spanish energy company is going to build a new dam complex. The landscape and social scenario is going to change. Documenting this scenario same time I have found a new place, physically and emotionally. Strange it may seem it was the first time I visited the land where my grandfather had grown up. After listening to stories of the place since my childhood I finally can give an image to them, I finally materialize some ideas that existed only as dreams. My grandfather is dead, but it's like I'm getting to know him again.
15 imagesIn Portugal HIV is still dominated by cliché and ignorance. Although the virus is widespread, it's still common to associate the disease only with gays, drug addicts and prostitutes. According to UNAIDS, at an estimated 0.6 percent, Portugal has the highest HIV prevalence in Western Europe. In 2009 there were 4,361 diagnosed cases of AIDS reported in Western European countries. The highest rates of AIDS diagnoses were in Portugal (2.8 per 100,000 population). This is due to a lack of prevention campaigns oriented to different age groups and risk behaviors, along with a health policy that does not promote the testing of the virus, leaving many to discover their illness only when AIDS related problems appear. Between 2007 and 2010 I have photographed people living with HIV in Portugal and have realized that besides the health issue they live with real fear of discrimination. I have photographed young and old, black and white, rich and poor, women and man. In my portraits we confirm the general need of the portrayed of hiding their identity, due to the fear of discrimination, but it's my wish I can also confront the viewer with their humanity and normality. From rational to emotional interpretation, the unity of this work resides in the feelings that themselves express, the one's I have towards them, and ultimately, the one's you will have. For more information on this subject or story of each person please contact me directly to my email firstname.lastname@example.org.