Rural

All the ramifications…

Molares, Celorico de Basto, Portugal. 2017

All photographs by António Marques – © António Marques Photography, 2017


Keeper

Sintra-Cascais. 2017

All photographs by António Marques – © António Marques Photography, 2017


Stillness (III)

Sintra, Cascais. 2017

All photographs by António Marques – © António Marques Photography, 2017


Stillness

Long time absence… I went trough one of those periods in which the interest and purpose of photography were big question marks for me. In the meantime, I re-discovered the pleasures of walking. Yes, just walking… one step after another, preferably among nature. Along the way, I made some friends that helped me awake to the stillness and peacefulness of all things natural. These non-human friends suddenly made me want to bring along my camera again…

Sintra-Cascais. 2017

All photographs by António Marques – © António Marques Photography, 2017


About the smiles (I)

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Bago region, Myanmar. 2016

Not many of us would greet a perfect stranger with such a smile… I didn’t ask his name or chat with him because I didn’t want to get on his way. I smiled back and thanked him for posing briefly for me. I didn’t thank him enough, though. You see… spontaneous, warm smiles like this one are the sort of thing that helps me restore some faith in mankind. The fact that people living so far apart can instantly find some common ground in a form of a smile is heart-warming. When one travels, one can see many astounding things – natural or manmade – but in the long run, it’s the warm and kind people you encounter that stay with you the longest.

All photographs by António Marques – © António Marques Photography, 2016


Unimportant countryside details

My father-in-law lives in one of the last pockets of rural suburbs in Sintra district, surrounded by hight density modern housings. The harsh topography turned the land unattractive to developers and real estate traders. It´s a poor, aged and neglected place and most youngsters have left for good. Nature is claiming back its former grounds.

Francos, Sintra. 2014

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Francos, Sintra. 2014

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Francos, Sintra. 2014

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Francos, Sintra. 2014

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Francos, Sintra. 2014

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Francos, Sintra. 2014

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Francos, Sintra. 2014

All photographs by António Marques – © António Marques Photography, 2014

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