Some things are lost never to be found again
2011 - 2013
Photography and memory. Photography is memory. “Some things are lost never to be found again” is the name of this project which seeks to confront strange scenes with our visual memory. Small objects, left abandoned in their old storage spaces, have deteriorated with the passage of time. Some of them took on ferrous tones; others, layers of dust; still others, cobwebs; but all of them had been completely forgotten. The series of images was created with the intention of positioning photography as an extended register of time against the shadows of the night that linger in the opacity of recognizable things.
Like a craftsman of illusions, the artist frays the time that he records in the memory of abandoned objects in the memory of the camera. Julio Bittencourt is the minimalist adventurer who unveils the mysteries inside these unaccessible spaces. His photos display settings charged with a strong tragic sense and, by displaying them, he creates a subdued visuality, characteristic of the absence of immediate recognition.
Just as the mechanical process records, after hours of exposure, the purity of a defined form, our eyes become accustomed to the dim lighting of the register and place value on the purity of the fondness we have for ordinary objects present in these, our intimate spaces. A photography that stimulates our senses and our hopes, since despite the inexorable process of disappearance of things, there is always the possibility that, at some time, these scattered things are constituted in a visual set that awakens a collective affection for objects and ensures our individual experience in the contemporary world.
Rubens Fernandes Junior, professor, photography researcher and curator