Teresa Queirós is a 28 year-old Portugal-based photographer who is living in Lisbon. She joined with us in a film photography project in October, 2014 and today we invited her coming back in an interview to share more of her work.
- Hi Teresa, can you introduce some more about you?
I'm a 28-year-old Portuguese photographer. I'm deeply interested in us, humans: our nature, our stories, what makes us predictable and unpredictable, our truth, our lies, what is swept under the rug, our choices, how we cope, how we don't.
- You use both digital and film cameras. How do you use them both? And do you have a preference between the two?
I will always prefer analogue over digital. I only use digital when I have to do a photoshoot that involves a considerate amount of pictures and/or is more about candid shots. Other than that, analogue is my choice. It's magic.
- Your personal work focuses mainly on beautiful girls, why this choice?
I think my work doesn't focus so much on beautiful girls as it focuses on femininity. With that said, we don't really choose what inspires us, I guess, you do what you feel like it's right, or beautiful, or pertinent. For my emotional portraits, that always carry a feminine ambience, women are the perfect vessels.
- Who and what are some of your influences?
The World is my influence! Anything can influence and inspire me, I think. From the smallest detail to a beautiful forest, or a movie, or an event, or a song. Nevertheless, we are living in the Internet era! And when you're a part of websites like Flickr, Tumblr, Pinterest, etc, you really are opening yourself to a never-ending universe of imagery. So, you're not only influenced by your experiences and personal vision, but also everyone else's. In this sense, your work is never just "you". And I, personally, like this grey area very much. Reminds me of how we're all connected, unconsciously creating together.
- Do you have any ongoing/future photography projects?
I have many for the future. I hope I can make them happen. "If you can dream it, you can do it," right?
- A lot of people are into photography today, what would you say to them to inspire them more?
I'm glad that so many people are enjoying life in a more visual way, being struck by it's beauty and wanting to capture it. I wish that it's genuine and makes them feel good, and I hope they have fun. At the end of the day, it's all about doing whatever feels good (and right) to you. Follow your instincts!