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.
CAPTURING THE TURNING POINT OF FATE
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.
ONLY ONE IMAGE TELLS AN ENTIRE THRILLER
However, please enjoy the selection of Henri`s (sur)realistic thrillers below…
ABOUT HENRI PRESTES
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/
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