Portuguese photographs chosen for Washington DC Exhibit

By Carrie-Marie Bratley, in News · 07-08-2014 14:53:00 · 0 Comments
Portuguese photographs chosen for Washington DC Exhibit

Two underwater photographs taken by a Portuguese marine biologist and subaquatic photographer have been handpicked by curators at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, USA, to be part of an exhibition to be held there in 2015.

The stunning shots by Nuno Vasco Rodrigues – including one of a sea anemone that was captured off the coast of Lagoa in the Algarve in May – have been chosen to be part of the Brian Skerry Exhibit and will sit alongside a display of works by the award-winning photojournalist Brian Skerry.
The images are also currently on display in the Carvoeiro Exhibition Room as part of an ongoing exposition organised by Lagoa council held in a number of locations in and around the municipality.
The two shots are part of a set of 26 underwater photos by Rodrigues that make up an exhibition named ‘Estado Líquido’ (Liquid State) being showcased at the Carvoeiro venue and open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday, 6pm till 10pm until 27 September.
Speaking of his work and the Lagoa exhibition, the Abrantes-born marine biologist and photographer explains: “The Portuguese coast has characteristics that make it rich in marine biodiversity. Located in a transition zone between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean environment, it has conditions that favour the observation of a great biological diversity. However, these natural values often go unnoticed to the eyes of most people.
“Through underwater photography we are able to share unique moments and exuberant forms of life, thus introducing a little of our country’s underwater world. The coastline of the municipality of Lagoa, thanks to its geographical location, is one of the best places for underwater observation of this wealth and many of the pictures shown here were captured there.”

The Algarve’s “wonders of the deep” were also recently promoted in a photographic report published in the July 2014 edition of Brussels Airlines’ on-board magazine bthere, about the “extraordinary” Ocean Revival underwater park recently launched off the Algarve coast.
Described by the piece’s author David Keys as a “sub-aqua wonderland” for scuba enthusiasts, Ocean Revival, which features four, decommissioned sunken Portuguese Navy ships, is also said to be the largest venture of its kind in the world.
Meanwhile, a number of other exhibitions are also on show in Lagoa, including 20 images of the Lagoa coastline by photographer João Mariano, under the banner ‘The Unknown Known’ (running in the São José convent until 27 September, Tues – Sat from 9am-12.30pm and 2pm-5.30pm), and a set of 14 photographs by the recently deceased local photographer Inácio Gravanita of days gone by in Lagoa, named ‘Images from the Chest’, on show at the Municipal Archive until 27 September (Mon – Sat, from 9am-12.30pm and 2pm-5.30pm).
The exhibitions make up Lagoa’s first ever ‘Photographic Encounter’, organised by Lagoa Town Hall in collaboration with the UAlg Algarve University, which was inaugurated last week and runs until the end of September.
It is an initiative that, according to a spokesperson, is still “very much in its infancy but will hopefully grow and grow.”
Two online competitions are also being held for amateur and professional photographers as part of the event.
For more information, see: www.facebook.com/encontrosfotografialagoa, or www: http://eventos.cm-lagoa.pt.


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