I enter my grandmother's house, empty, the shutters closed, an ancient silence. Only my uncle João lives here now. I seach the drawers for something I've never seen or don't remember. The white wall of the room no longer hangs photographs, only the mark of time of the frames. I find loose photographs in oneof the family albums. I enter my uncle's room. The brightly patterned but weathered worn  by time wallpaper has tiny small imperfections that make me imagine stories from his childhood.

I return in the evening and find my uncle before bed. He looks at me as if to say "what are you doing here?". A question I ask myself at that moment. I take a picture. I do so to see him now and as he was before.

It was with him that I spent summers in the Algarve and weekends in forest house at Borba da Montanha. The birthdays, the Tuesday dinners at Grandma Té-té's house. He was always there looking at me with his blue and grey eyes and wordlessly telling me about his days. Today I photograph to tell him that I am here, that I see him. I dive into his dreams with him and we swim together once again in the sea of Monte Clérigo, surrounded by fish.


João Cruz

João Cruz is a photographer & videographer based in Porto, Portugal. He has shot for Port wine companies, restaurants and organizations, among others. His personal work is based on the connection between people and nature, identity and sense of place.

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