This is a work, above all, about the sea.
A work of documentary photography that approaches the sea as a space for exploration, discovery and personal transformation and, finally, as a place for human interaction aboard a boat: a piece of floating space, a place without a place, which exists by itself, which is closed in on itself, but which at the same time is abandoned to infinity, along two journeys with the Atlantic Ocean as a background.
This project has as its main theme the two trips I made aboard the Íris do Mar, a boat from Ponta Delgada (Azores) and resulted in a book and a photography exhibition.
The first trip took place in June 2018 and lasted four days, between the port of Póvoa de Varzim and the port of Ponta Delgada.
The second trip took place almost a year later between the end of April and the beginning of May 2019 and lasted ten days with origin and destination in the port of Ponta Delgada.
At sea, we not only find ourselves, we also find other people finding themselves. And I think it’s this shared way of being on board a boat, in the middle of the ocean, that makes this experience mean what it means to me and to many others.
The sea is a place of transformation, everything that is immersed in it changes its nature, including people.

Author’s edition with the support of CM Póvoa de Varzim

208 pages
22 x 27 cm
Softcover with folio title
Offset Print

First Edition
ISBN 978-2-919507-52-8

Designed by Helder Luís on an Apple® iMac™ in Adobe® InDesign™ with fonts (Sueca Text™ and Marcin Antique™) designed by Mário Feliciano for Feliciano Type Foundry ©2019.

Photographed by Helder Luís with Fujifilm X-Pro2 and Fujifilm X-T3 cameras and Fujinon XF16mmF1.4 R WR, Fujinon XF23mmF2 R WR, Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR and Fujinon XF50mmF2 R WR lenses.

©2019 Helder Luís, all rights reserved.

Support in the selection and photographic edition by Cesário Alves.
Typographic advice from Mário Feliciano.
Support in editing and proofreading the text by Abel Coentrão, Manuel Costa and Sónia Moura.
Illustrations of captured species by Les Gallagher ©2019.
Paper: Arcoprint Milk
Printing and finishing: Gráfica Diário do Minho
Circulation: 500 copies
ISBN: 978-989-20-9686-5
Legal Deposit: 458494/19

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