“I was so inspired by cinema stills that I wanted to create something with the same power. Photography is the way that I use to communicate with the world.”
Teresa Sá (born in 1975) is a contemporary photographer from Portugal currently residing in London, England. She took some photography classes in Czech Republic, but is mostly self-taught. For Teresa Sa photography means finding her own view of reality and creating a visual representation of it with its own beauty while keeping things natural using means of composition and lighting rather than post-production techniques.
“For me, one of the most appealing qualities of photography is the sense of time that it transmits.
It is amazing for me to start from reality and create an imaginary time, one that allows us to contemplate instead of understanding.
“The idea with my photography is to build a fantasy, a perfect, quiet place.”
I believe that I am fascinated for a long time by the slowness of time, by days that go by slowly, when we have time to wait, when there is no rush. It is the opposite of the fast unforgiving time we are living.
I am quite aware this is a ‘romantic’ time, a time that doesn’t exist, or, if it existed, it would not be preserved, however, ‘photograph surpasses life itself’ and that romantic time remains in our memory and it will be there forever.
The idea with my photography is to build a fantasy, a perfect, quiet place.”
“Artist Profile” – Teresa Sá
Teresa, why did you become a photographer? And what does photography mean to you?
I was so inspired by cinema stills that I wanted to create something with the same power.
Photography is the way that I use to communicate with the world.
What’s your favorite inspirational quote about photography?
Susan Sontag in her book “On Photography” wrote amazing lines: „To photograph is to appropriate the thing photographed.“
And: „What is written about a person or an event is frankly an interpretation, as are handmade visual statements, like paintings and drawings. Photographed images do not seem to be statements about the world so much as pieces of it, miniatures of reality that anyone can make or acquire“
From Gregory Crewdson:
“One of the things that we can get from photography is this establishment of a world.”
What kind of camera and equipment do you use?
I use mainly two cameras. Digital Canon 5d MK II and Analogue Mamiya 645.
What’s your favorite website about photography?
I have a few favorite photography websites: “British Journal of Photography”, “Hot Shoe International” and “Gomma Magazine”.
What book about photography would you recommend?
“On photography” from Susan Sontag to understand the metaphysics behind photography.
Which advice would you give someone who wants to become a (professional) photographer?
Work very hard and find your own unique voice.
Which photographer has inspired you most?
Francesca Woodman for the poetry on her photography.
Gregory Crewdson for his constructed narratives and meticulous sets.
How would you describe your photographic language and creative process? How do you plan and execute a project? Both technically and conceptually?
I tend to draw (horribly as I am ashamed to show my sketches to anyone) the ideas that I want to put on a shot and plan the mood, the idea behind the shot, the colors, etc.
Of course that when I am in the middle of the shoot I let myself go by things that happen by chance as well.