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FOMA 10: The Sound Of Light

FOMA 10: The Sound Of Light

The image of the today’s architectural photography is manipulated, therefore distorted. It is difficult to recognize the truth of the reality. The only sincere way of presentation can be achieved when photography captures the silence in Architecture. In this way presents what is behind the process of creation. With Ricardo Oliveira Alves, who able to make this kind of images with his sincerity and open heart, will discover the tenth FOMA.

I have just arrived from Lisbon, where I have met Ricardo, talking about architecture listening to sounds of the city. Ricardo has sung me the last piece recorded as a lullaby for his son Miguel.

When he showed me a video he produced I could finally understand how Ricardo approaches architecture with its light sequences. Ponto de Luz (Point of Light) is a video made from 3000 photos that Ricardo took with the singer Sara Tavares. During the production process he made 4500 photos, which were edited with a visual technique Timelapse into the final cut. Ricardo produced, directed and edited but what is the most important as a musician he understood how shall he transform the emotions into images.

Ricardo calls his working technique Archilapse, and incorporates for him the most important element - the light - to dive in the time of spaces. Archilapse is his visual invention that presents architecture with its time component. He creates an experience based on sequential register of photos of architecture and how by accelerating time, light change the space.

The exhibition Time Space Existence was a collateral event of Venice Biennale and was the only space dedicated to architectural photography. Two projects, St. Peter’s Basilica and House in Colares were presented by Oliveira Alves. With his architectural photography he created a sensitive story in time.

Here the story started to be complex as Forgotten Masterpieces from Ricardo Oliveira Alves presents them as sequences of time. They have been archilapsed, they became stories.

The first story is forgotten between stones of Leça da Palmeira, the earliest commission of Alvaro Siza. The incorporation of Siza’s Tea House between the rocks and the ocean creates a local understanding of the landscape. A compelling regard for nature, being inside seems observing the nature from outside. The house creates a dialogue between landscape and people that strengthens the dialogue through space, light and materiality.

From the ocean to the river, the bridge of 25 de Abril connects the city of Lisbon to the south bank of the Tagus river. Ricardo captured something that majority of the people that crosses it never see. The bridge is a forgotten observation point where light is created by the wind, water and changing clouds.