When we see the female portraits of Adriano Sodré devoid of big productions, digital retouching, idyllic landscapes, assistant managers sumptuous costumes and makeup like optical illusion change factions of who appears in the photograph, we ask the question that mankind has raised from the beginning of its existence: What is beauty?
Almost like the existence of God, every culture and moment in time has offered a different version of what it means for humanity to be beautiful. While for some it represents something unnatural and exaggerated for the Portuguese photographer, it means to represent the human being in its purest essence, without effects that alter: only skin, hair, bones and eyes. It is nature itself that is responsible for providing an aesthetic value to beings produced by Sodré: the light from a window or a sheet wrinkle painting shadows on the bodies. Perhaps the beauty is then a way of perceiving the effect of the light impinging on the objects.
Source and images: Adriano Sodré