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Rui Palha - Head, Eye and Heart

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 6:22 PM
As you know, I normally don't do (features) Journals.
The exception goes to those photographers that had some historical importance in the photography World, those that influence(d) me, those that I believe can move others like they moved me, humanitarian photographers, and that normally live in the "shadow" of the same old Features and references.

Today I have the pleasure and honor to bring you Rui Palha.
Talented photographer and a really good person.

There is little information about Rui Palha. We know that he was born in 1953, is Portuguese, lives in Lisbon, and considers himself an amateur. Well, if all amateurs photographed as Rui, the World would not need professionals.
Photography is his hobby since he was 14 years of age. Had his own darkroom, but preferred to "press the button" in the streets.

The sentence that defines his photography: "Photography is a very important part of my space… it is to discover, it is to capture giving flow to what the heart feels and sees in a certain moment, it is being in the street, trying, knowing, learning and, essentially, practicing the freedom of being, of living, of thinking…"

This story teller uses images and "try to show, among the real life scenes of the everyday life, the beauty that always exists inside the unknown People, my "street models", the beauty of the human race independently of the color, the religion and the politics".
Quoting Rui Palha: "Henri Cartier Bresson said about Photography "It is putting one's head, one's eye and one's heart on the same axis". We have to be able to anticipate, to understand, to "see", to "feel" a street scene in a fraction of time and we must capture that moment in a meaningful framing. The composition is fundamental, too. Not only the moment capture. So you must have the head, the eye, the heart…and the finger in the same axis. And I think this "axis", this characteristic, is indispensable to be a street photographer and not an ordinary "street shooter".

He uses a point and shoot camera in his pocket for problematic places like underground, big shopping centers and places where a camera is a bait to attract problem. This means he doesn't avoid those places. Weapons of choice: a Leica Dlux 4 with a 24-60mm; with SLR/DSLR cameras uses a 20mm, 35mm and a 50mm lenses; and very few times, with the Nikon D700, uses Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 zoom.  

I really admire this humble, talented Man and photographer, and subscribe the way he thinks: "You must love people… and respect them. Street photography is not an easy way to make photography… We have to be brave, astute. We must have the capacity to anticipate the moment before it happens."

The hard part is to choose some examples of his art…





  

  

  

  

  

  



  

  

  



  

  


Rui Palha
Estudio14a
Portfolio
Flickr
Erik Kim Interview

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:iconpen-at-work:
PEN-at-Work Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
The King (well one of them)

Pelle
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:iconnunocanha:
NunoCanha Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
And a great guy too, btw.
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JonnyGoodboy Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Impressed by Rui`s work the moment I saw it...top feature Nuno :clap:
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:iconnunocanha:
NunoCanha Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome, isn't it? Very ethereal... but human.
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:iconjacac:
JACAC Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
f a n t á s t i c o
t e n h o . u m . l i v r o . d e l e
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:iconnunocanha:
NunoCanha Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
É sim.
Quando o fores devolver eu também vou :D

Já agora, como estamos de lançamento?
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:iconjacac:
JACAC Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
=)

d i a . 25
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:iconrezzanatakol:
RezzanATAKOL Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
All of them are great!
Thank u so much for shring dear Nuno:))
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:iconnoperson:
noperson Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
thank you for this.
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:iconnunocanha:
NunoCanha Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
With pleasure.
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:iconfiltatikori:
filtatikori Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012   Photographer
what a great artist! thank you for sharing Nuno!
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:iconnunocanha:
NunoCanha Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
With much pleasure, believe me.
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:iconbatmantoo:
batmantoo Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
If he calles himself an amateur... I'm gonna go eat my lenses now. ;)
Thank you so much for sharing!
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:iconnunocanha:
NunoCanha Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:lmao: Me too!
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:iconncavee:
ncavee Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
amazing artist
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:iconnunocanha:
NunoCanha Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very true.
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:iconarslanalp:
arslanalp Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
he is very good
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:iconnunocanha:
NunoCanha Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, he is.
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
Genuinely interesting stuff. I'd say that he in a number of the pictures he adds a good deal of heart, balls and dynamics to his understanding of HCB.
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NunoCanha Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I think so too. And I chose only the more... ethereal and "edgy" ones, not the classic sense of street.
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NunoFigueira Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
mto bom...ainda hoje o vi...o homem é um mestre ;)
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:iconnunocanha:
NunoCanha Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Viste onde?
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:iconnunofigueira:
NunoFigueira Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
A caminho da Manif no metro...
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:iconnunocanha:
NunoCanha Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Estou curioso...
Que levava pendurado?
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NunoFigueira Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
he he tb eu! não consegui ver, passou por mim com um dos filhos e com uma senhora mais velha, mas nem o via, a minha mulher é que me chamou à atenção...e não tive lata para o ir incomodar.
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PatrickMonnier Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
Amazing, thanks!
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:iconnunocanha:
NunoCanha Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:ahoy:
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:iconsteppeland:
steppeland Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012   Photographer
Wow, Nuno, great introduction to a great steet photographer. Thank you!
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:iconnunocanha:
NunoCanha Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconbowplz:
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:iconmarius1956:
marius1956 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
A great street photographer!Grecias,Nuno!
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:iconnunocanha:
NunoCanha Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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gabyhenri Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great!!

:macos:
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:iconnunocanha:
NunoCanha Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:nod:
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012   Photographer
Wow! What a cool photographer!
Although he did go a bit overboard with the dodge and burn on images 11 and 12.
The old lady's face looks like a cutout. :lol:
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NunoCanha Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, he is.
I don't think so, the ethereal look on 11 is just great, would fit right in in our Edge gallery, and in 12 it's the moment and composition that counts.
Soon he'll be here to tell the stories behind those shots and you'll be answered about that one.
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012   Photographer
Is that a threat? :fear:
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:iconnunocanha:
NunoCanha Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, when you see him backroom... ;)
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012   Photographer
Ora bolas! :iconscaredemoteplz:
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:iconnunocanha:
NunoCanha Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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DougNZ Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
Damn, he's good!!! Great stuff! But I still think Rita's version of the Subida stairway is better [link] :)
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:iconnunocanha:
NunoCanha Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very good.
I guess I'm one of the few that went a different way about those stairs :D
[link] [link]
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DougNZ Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
:thumbsup: very nice
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:iconnunocanha:
NunoCanha Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
All in same place.
Rui has advantage, he made an hour tour there. Me and Rita go there often.
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