From the very moment he is born till the day he dies, man oscillates between darkness and light. Going forward and backward, falling and raising up. But it’s in the glimpse of difference that he finds the strength that leads him through the way.

The on-going project started from the photographs of an archive. They were about a sole woman, sanctified by the people – mirror of so many other characters that through times have been nourishing the sense of believing of generations. From that starting point, the research turned into a fictional interpretation of reality, exploring faith and beliefs, together with their deep roots in our society.

The narrative is based upon the analysis of the transformation of life: how the path of a person influences the others, leading to beliefs and penances that turn themselves in hope. All along with the series, a number of situations are displayed. They show suffering, despair, obstacles, choices, rupture, change… That’s how the imaginary is established, bringing the viewer to a sensorial and spiritual world.


Inês Fernandes (1996) is a Portuguese photographer graduated in New Technologies of Communication, at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, in 2017. Since 2019, after ending a masters in photography, she started to work, simultaneously, as an artist and freelancer in graphic design, video and photography.

Her projects address contemporary themes, often centred on social and environmental issues. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Portugal and Spain, and her work has been shown in various international publications.

She currently lives and works in Porto, Portugal.

To see more work by Inês Fernandes, visit - Website / Instagram