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While #colour plays a huge part in #Carnival, I decided to play with the absence of it.

I shot #BlackAndWhite photographs so that my eyes could concentrate on shapes and tones.

Colours can be overwhelming - just like Carnival itself.

Photograph by Luis Paulo de Sá MMXVI
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BAIANAS

After all these years Carmen Miranda is still inspiring #Carnival costumes.

It is refreshing to see how different designers re-imagine her influence and add their own ideas to the mix.

Photographs by Luis Paulo de Sá MMXVI
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COLOURS SUPERNOVA

#Carnival feeds on music and colours. During the #HornimanCarnival at the +Horniman Museum and Gardens I had plenty of both.

Photograph by Luis Paulo de Sá MMXVI

#StreetParty #Carnival #Carnaval #Londres #London #Retratos #Portraits #StreetPhotography #LondonMoment
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MOMENTS OF REFLECTION

I wrote about in a previous post, on how people sometimes get lost in their thoughts.

These are some of those moments I managed to capture during the #HornimanCarnival at the +Horniman Museum and Gardens.

Photograph by Luis Paulo de Sá MMXVI

#StreetParty #Carnival #Carnaval #Londres #London #Retratos #Portraits #StreetPhotography #LondonMoment
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One thing that really caught my attention while I was at #HornimamCarnival +Horniman Museum and Gardens was how #happy everybody seemed to be.

Photograph by Luis Paulo de Sá MMXVI

#StreetParty #Carnival #Carnaval #Londres #London #Retratos #Portraits #StreetPhotography #LondonMoment
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Pregnant woman dances Maracatu during the #HornimanCarnival +Horniman Museum and Gardens +Maracatudo Mafua

Photograph by Luis Paulo de Sá MMXVI

This lady was probably in the last months or weeks of her pregnancy. She is dancing during Maracatudo Mafuá's presentation.

See that smile? It didn't leave her face throughout the day. I arrived around 1200 to see on stage, left around 1700 and she was STILL dancing.

To be able to bring life to this world; To celebrate life; To be alive and able to do just that - joy.

#StreetParty #Retratos #Portraits #London #StreetPhotography #Maracatu #Dance #Londres
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THERE'S A PLACE

Music by The Beatles
Photograph by Luis Paulo de Sá MMXVI

I love watching people. Every now and then I get to see how people sometimes let themselves go and, somehow, are no longer in the moment.
Although you can see them right in front of you, it is clear that they are elsewhere.

Malcolm X says in his autobiography that if you really want to have a glimpse of one's real self, you need to watch one's face while dancing.

It is a fleeting moment - it doesn't last too long. But when you manage to capture it, this what you get: the feeling that you have witnessed something truly unique.

#StreetPhotography #LondonMoment #Portraits #Retratos #London #StreetParty #StreetCarnival #HornimanCarnival
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Octavio Paz escreve em "O Labirinto da Solidão"que “[...] Acreditava que uma obra de arte ou uma atividade concreta poderiam definir um Mexicano muito mais - não apenas expressá-lo, mas também, no processo, recriá-lo - do que uma descrição detalhada.[...]”.

Essa parte do livro ficou passeando pela minha cabeça enquanto eu fazia as imagens que você vê nesse livro. Essa passagem e minhas memórias de carnavais, blocos de rua, bandas e cds da minha terra.

Mas memória é algo traiçoeiro. Constantemente revisada e construída, a
memória não se contenta com o que é. Ela gosta de juntar o que foi com o que poderia ter sido - perceba a sedução.

Passei horas divertidíssimas no Museu Horniman fazendo essas imagens. Eu, minha câmera, minhas memórias. Embalado por cores, sons, vozes da minha terra, da minha gente. Contente por ver parte da minha cultura sendo abraçada por gente de outras partes do mundo. Foi bonito de ser.

Foi melhor poder estar lá, entre a gente a dançar contente, e ser feliz.

Tomara que gostem das imagens.

Abraço

Luis
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Octavio Paz writes in “The Labyrinth of Solitude” that “[...] (he) believed that a work of art or a concrete action would do more to define the Mexican - not only to express him, but also, in the process, to recreate him - than the most penetrating description.[...]”.

This excerpt of the book kept coming back to me while I was making the photographs you see in this book. This excerpt and my memories of carnivals, street parties, bands and cds of my land.

But memory is a fickle thing. Constantly revisited and constructed, memory is never satisfied with things as they are. Memory
likes to group things that came to be and those that could have been - notice how seductive this is.

I had a great time at the Horniman Museum making these images. I, my camera, my memories. Surrounded by colours, sounds, voices from my homeland, my people. Happy to see part of my culture being incorporated by people from other parts of the world. It was lovely to see that.

But just being there was even better, among the people, dancing, being - happy.

Hope you like the images.

All the best
Luis

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