Image: © Lucas Simões
FULL ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON REDEFINE MAGAZINE:
LUCAS SIMÕES PHOTOGRAPHER INTERVIEW — DESRETRATOS: COMMUNICATING TRANSIENCE AND CHARACTER THROUGH DECONSTRUCTED PORTRAITURE // http://www.redefinemag.com/2013/lucas-simoes-photographer-interview-desretratos-series/
It is the transience of time that moves the vision of Lucas Simões. A photograph crystallizes instance — but how does one contain the spoken essence of a person’s life within a single image? How is it possible to express an emotionally-informed temporality without explicitly relying on identifiable features?
Lucas Simões experiments with a simple aesthetic, but one which passionately engages with his medium of photography in a way that does limit narrative within a singular dimension. By abstracting identity, geometric shapes make their subjects seem bizarrely familiar. It is neither the spider silk of wrinkles or the tender slope of a brow that invokes visceral response, but the unidentified human as a fertile symbol. We viewers relate to them not as particulars — not as specific people — but as universals.