SUBTROPICAIS

The disappearance of film and therefore analogue photography is one of the implications of the digital revolution that dramatically shifted the imagery production in the last decades. In Brazil and most of the other countries that used to import the raw materials for this process from Europe and the US, this disappearance happened swift. In 2014 the most traditional Photo Laboratory in Rio de Janeiro, that was known for it's services for artists and amateurs for the last decades, closed its doors. The last films that I brought there came out with development problems such as stains, dust and exposure defects, turning out to be impossible to make analogue prints out of the negatives. The solution was to scan these negatives and digitally manipulate it as much as possible, an exercise similar to a painter's one, so that they would be digitally printable. The result is nevertheless imperfect, blurred and uneven. Meanwhile, the city Rio de Janeiro has been going through drastic changes on the course of the last years. One of the main reasons are the events that were and will be held in the city, transforming it's urban landscape, rising it's prices and turning it into a international trading spot on behalf of it's inhabitants, the ones who are not profiting from this late developmental miracle . The images of the city diffused worldwide are still it's postcards, but the real image that it's inhabitants have of it is one of other kind. This series of postcards attempt to capture the other image of Rio, one that also has development problems, stains, that is shifting from grain to pixel, and is at last imperfect, blurred and uneven.