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Brazilian photographer Nayana Fernandez returns to her birthplace of São Paulo.
Nayana Fernandez, who is 26 and from São Paulo, left Brazil over a decade ago. She has since lived in Cuba and Spain, and has spent the last five years living in London, where she studied photography at the London College of Printing. She is currently undertaking a degree in Contemporary Media Practice.
‘Impressions’ was created between 2004-5 in downtown São Paulo.
'Big cities fascinate me. They are composed by thousands of tiny details that are slowly added day after day, forming and transforming the identity of the place. When I am part of these transformations, it is particularly difficult to recognise them. However, when I return after time away from this environment, it is as if I have a new angle of vision, as if I had changed lenses. I feel that I am able to identify changes that go beyond the specific ones, absorbing the place more or less as a tourist, but in my own city.
Before visiting home, I have an idea in my mind of what São Paulo is and what it means to me. On arrival though, a constant mutation of these memories starts to occur, altering and mixing those previous images and feelings in with a new and fresh collection of impressions. During my last visit, which was the longest since I’d left, I felt something unusual; I was surprised at how my own image of this familiar place was changing.
This series has a very personal connotation. During the photography process I concentrated on details that now symbolise, to me, an important time of rediscovering, valuing and analysing my culture and who I am.'
Nayana Fernandez, March 2007
The photos in this gallery are copyleft, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License