Tipp No. 99: “Perfect Darkness & Haunting Landscapes” – Cinematic Photography by Henri Prestes (Portugal)

arts, Film, Kunst

I was fascinated from HENRI PRESTES`impressive but also expressive cinematic photography from the very first second, I came across it incidentally.

His photos don`t convey only atmosphere, but invite the viewer to create an entire narrative using his individual imagination.
Maybe, this effect is exactly the reason why Henri` s photography is so alarming. It is your very own phantasy based on your personal emotions, assumptions and experiences that will finally create the story, you will see in these mystical scenes.


What did happen and what will happen any moment? This uncertainty and the imposed role as a witness – without having any option to intervene – is disturbing in my view. In his photography, Henri seem to capture the turning point of somebodies fate. The motifs are perfect cliffhangers in my opinion.

Being especially vulnerable, women are supposingly able to dive even deeper into Henri`s haunting scenarios due to their sensitive instincts for dangerous situations.

I guess, all ladies know the feeling “it`s not okay – not really” and the inner alert when e.g. entering an empty parking house with flickering neo lights during night… Well, I think, we should embrace our fears. In any case, they are a helpful early warning system.


However, please enjoy the selection of Henri`s (sur)realistic thrillers below…


Henri Prestes is a photographer and cinematographer from Portugal. His portfolio is full of stunning cinematic pictures are taken in the small, isolated villages in Portugal. Henri takes pictures when the weather is suitable for the kind of mood or atmosphere, usually at night or early morning. His work aims to capture “the melancholy mood of dark eeriness that is often present in isolated places”. Prestes has spent many long nights over the last 2 years creating the work near isolated villages in the most secluded parts of his home country that are often surrounded by dense fog and heavy rain. He only produces the work when the conditions are right as “even the most boring place can look haunting and mysterious with the right weather and light”.

“I seek to create these cinematic moments that are mostly grounded in reality except some detail that doesn’t look quite right, like when you’re having a bad dream, and that hopefully makes the viewer uncomfortable and feeling like something is about to happen.”

Henri Prestes

For further details, please feel free to visit his website: https://henriprestesp.com/

Enquiries: henriprestesp@gmail.com


2018 Narrative Photography Exhibition, at Downtown Arts Collective Gallery – Orlando, FL /US

2018 Solo Exhibition ‘Perfect Darkness’ at The Printspace gallery – London /UK

2017    Lenz International Photography Festival – Manchester /UK 

Selected features & publications

Featured by Adobe Lightroom

Featured by COLOSSAL

Featured by Lenscratch Fine Art Magazine

Featured by PLAIN Magazine

Featured by Aesthetica Magazine

Featured by Paard Verzameld

Portbox Editorials Interview

Blackbox Magazine Interview (Turkish)

Featured by Ímpresión Revista Magazine


Open Doors

Take Magazine

Feature Shoot

Postcard No. 5: “The Mecklenburger Seenplatte / The Land of the 1.000 Lakes

Insights, Reisen, Tipps, Travel

mecklenburger Seenplatte


Land of the 1,000 lakes…

The Mecklenburger Lake Plateau is the largest coherent lake and canal region in Germany. There are several nature parks and well-known lakes with unique flora and fauna in the region, such as the Müritz, the biggest German lake lying entirely within Germany.

Water as far as your eye can see…

Even if you wake up in the morning, you don`t need to do it without seaview. You simply rent a house boat or one of the famous boat houses.

Trekking 3.0 Water trekking by canoe is always close at hand. Of course, you can spend your time with all kind of water sports like fishing, sailing, Surfing, Swimming, scuba diving etc. but hiking, cycling, running, Nordic Walking, horseback riding, motor cycling are very popular too.

The Mecklenburger Lake Plateau is in particular well-known for holidays on rented house boats.

There are also a lot of sightseeing opportunities. Western Pomerania namely gives home to about 2,000 parks, manor houses and Castles, of which about 200 are open for the public.

Local Festivals, culinary weeks, a huge museum landscape and wellness centres complement the wide range of leisure activities.

The Müritz National park and the entire lakeland allows visitors to experience regional biospheres. Over half of the area consists of protected areas. The population density of 48 people per square kilometer is sparse. Rugged riverscapes, glass clear lakes with visibility depths of up to 10 meters, heaths, moors and ice-age formations shape the countryside.

In my view, the major attraction is the chance to slow down in good company – jointly with Family & Friends or as a solitaire traveler. In this peaceful, inspiring and sometimes mystique landscape, I can imagine e.g. to pen a book or to become creative in another way…Empty and then open your mind for Levitation!

Cit.: “Water is the Cure.”
(…to quote the movie “Cure for Wellness”)

Get well in the Mecklenburger Lakeland!










Postcard No. 4: Elbsandsteingebirge – Basteibrücke (Bastei-Bridge)

Nature, Reisen, Tipps, Travel, Uncategorized


Bastei Bridge in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains that are a part of the Saxon Switzerland National Park / Eastern Germany.

Hello to all of you,

The surreal looking “Bastei” is a rock formation towering 194 m above the Elbe River in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains of Germany. Reaching a height of 305 m above sea level, the jagged rocks of the Bastei were formed by water erosion over one million years ago.

They are situated near Rathen, not far from Pirna southeast of the city of Dresden, and are the major landmark of the Saxon Switzerland National Park. They are also part of the popular climbing and hiking area that extends over the borders into the Bohemian Switzerland (Czech Republic).

The Bastei has been a tourist attraction for over 200 years. In 1824, a wooden bridge was constructed to link several rocks for the visitors. This bridge was replaced in 1851 by the present Bastei Bridge made of sandstone.

By the way, the rock formations and vistas have inspired several well-known artists, among them Caspar David Friedrich (“Felsenschlucht”).

800px-Rocky_Landscape_in_the_Elbe_Sandstone_Mountains_-_Caspar_David_Friedrich_-_Google_Cultural_InstituteThe climatic Spa town of Rathen (that has an open air stage for theatre and concerts) is the main base for visiting the Bastei; the town can be reached from Dresden by a romantic paddle steamer on the river Elbe.

What are you waiting for? Your boots are made for walking…Time to discover the Saxon Switzerland National Park!

“Have Fun!”