The fifteen seconds of Sofia

The fifteen seconds of Sofia

Immobilized by a medieval-looking contraption attached to the back of her head, model Carla Sofia sits perfectly still as the photographer counts aloud to fifteen. The scene belongs to the 18th century and the early days of photography. The scene belongs to the 18th century and the early days of photography, but the fact that it is actually taking place in 2014 has little impact on the ritual; the techniques, cameras…

Filipa de Castro — The ballerina

Filipa de Castro — The ballerina

On stage, she personifies grace, lightness and harmony and is the very embodiment of classical, feminine elegance. She is flat-chested, and has arms and legs whose movements are long, soft and ethereal; her bearing is lofty, her neck slender. Her body seems weightless, even when she holds it in en pointe positions that are impossible, even strange, for merer mortals. Text Bernardo Mendonça + Photos Vasco Colombo Her technique in classical ballet is…

Manifesto Moda

Manifesto Moda

“I realized that people are much more nomadic, being exposed to different wheather conditions more often than before. (…) I started to nurture this idea that maybe the new luxury in clothing might the way you can face all these new challenges in an intelligent manner.” Call it a return to origins. A comeback to the reason why clothes were invented in the first place: helping human body to regulate its relationship…

Mente 01 cover!

Mente 01 cover!

Looking up to the sky while walking through the streets of Tokyo, is always a chance to find new drawings formed by the thousands and thousands of power lines visible all over the place, adding a touch of geometric chaos to the city. This was one of our inspirations for the cover of Mente#1. ¶ As we believe the cover of an iPad publication may be closer to the open titles of a TV show than to the…

Mr. Bird

Mr. Bird

“I used the Tascam to record snippets of dialogue from VHS tapes (play/pause on the VCR mixtape style), reversing the cassettes to play backwards solos, home-made junk percussion, early drum machines, chanting, lots of distortion… this was ‘the click,’ when I realised I was more into the creative recording and production side of things than the ‘playing in bands’ side.” ¶  In the interview he gave to journalist Rui Miguel…

Tim Etchells

Tim Etchells

“I think the way I tend to work is about wanting to open a frame for thinking for the other people and about wanting them to do that work of thinking themselves.” ¶ You might say that he is a performer, a visual artist, a writer, the artistic director of (performance ensemble) Forced Entertainment and a father of two. You might also say he’s a thinker and a man of…

Silent steps in empty rooms

Silent steps in empty rooms

  “While Silent Steps in Empty Rooms was shown for the first time at Lisbon Fashion Week, I observed people as they watched it. Their reactions ranged from total amazement to an extreme discomfort with the it’s creepiness.” ¶ When we invited Make up artist Antonia Rosa to make a project for Mente, she came up with some ideas for photos. But, from that moment on, it became quite obvious for…

André Saraiva

André Saraiva

He was one of the first European graffiters to furtively paint in Paris in the 1980s. Thanks to the rather unusual Mr. A, a “naïve” flea-like character that always wears a top hat and which became his trademark, he has been arrested dozens of times and is banned from painting in the streets of both Paris and New York. However, this does not stop his art from continuing to spread…

Valentim Quaresma

Valentim Quaresma

We can always wonder if we’re looking at the armour of a medieval warrior, the gear of some bondage character, or maybe the result of a scientific experiments on artificial reptile skin? In every collection jewelry artist Valentim Quaresma always seems to add this kind of subtle innuendo of a background plot in almost all of his pieces. The feeling that they belong to some wider and hidden narrative is…

SILVERBOX_QUOTE

It’s more than simply taking photographs. It’s telling stories.

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