Thoughts

The ever-changing elements (I)

There are just a few places I know where I can go to anytime, over and over again, without feeling bored or tired. Magoito is one of those places… Relentlessly battered by the sea, it always shows a different face every time I go there. The ground can be covered in pebbles of every sort in one time or filled with an endless strip of smooth sand on another. Morning mists often hide the coastal hills and the sea itself , making us feel like walking in a limbo of sand and pools of sea water. Extreme tides can expose large chunks of clam-covered rocks or completely cover it up to the very foot of the cliffs, causing the disappearance of the entire place. It is as beautiful as it is elusive and that’s why I love the place…

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Magoito, Portugal. 2016

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Magoito, Portugal. 2016

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Magoito, Portugal. 2016

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Magoito, Portugal. 2016

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Magoito, Portugal. 2016

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Magoito, Portugal. 2016

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Magoito, Portugal. 2016

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Magoito, Portugal. 2016

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Magoito, Portugal. 2016

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Magoito, Portugal. 2016

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

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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


Parallel universe

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Sintra. 2016

How limited is our window of perception about the myriad events taking place around us…

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


Passenger

I can’t stop imagining my cat as a passenger… She sits at the window – like she was sitting in a train or a bus – watching the world unfolding before her eyes.

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Passenger – Sintra. 2015

All photographs by António Marques – © António Marques Photography, 2015


Time and purpose

I often wonder if our existence serves a greater purpose than that of playing the character that has been assigned to us…

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All photographs by António Marques – © António Marques Photography, 2015


Familiar

Bangalore, India. 2015

Bangalore, India. 2015

All photographs by António Marques – © António Marques Photography, 2015

At night, in the hotel rooms, I remember thinking that my image reflected on the window glass was the only thing familiar to me…