Nuno Andrade is a Lisbon based freelance photographer and editor for urban culture related platforms. He likes to get to know his models before shooting them which helps a lot to create a bond and trust. Nuno loves the raw look of film photography and doesn’t edit his pictures at all.
How did you get started with photography?
Well, I’d always buy a lot of men’s magazines, which then transitioned to photography books and I’ve always wanted to be able to take photos like that. So about six years ago I bought my first DSLR and started shooting random things that you shoot when you’re starting out, like friends, flowers and other objects. Then I actually stopped for about two years and about two years ago I got back into it (thanks to two good friends Bruno and João), but this time photographing on film.
What do you prefer – film or digital?
Film, for sure. Ever since I started photographing on film, I only resort to digital as the last option. I personally like the final result a lot more. I feel like with digital photography you always need to add something, it’s never really the final product. With film I just shoot and that’s it; the final photo is exactly as it comes out developed, there’s no editing, no filters. I think it has a lot more personality.
How did the idea for this shoot come up?
I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a good while now and I just love the whole voyeur kind of photography. I like to observe. Fortunately, Rita completely loved the concept, so we just went with it. It was just like hanging out, listening to music and shooting and the lighting was absolutely perfect too.
How can we showcase the female body in a more powerful way?
I think that the female body is the most amazing and beautiful subject there is, but as in everything, there are bad interpretations of it. I think that intimacy, respect, and trust between the photographer and model is extremely important and essential. From there on, it really depends on each photographer, but with those three aspects present, I think they also empower the model and it all translates into the photography itself. Also, I don’t like to show too much, otherwise it just becomes gratuitous and actually takes the power away. Good taste is very important.
How would you define beauty and how does it inspire you?
That is a tough one. I think that it goes so much beyond ‘visuals’ – it needs to be a combination of several factors that are unique to each person, like being comfortable with yourself and knowing yourself, but not too much. It’s how you act and face different situations. There are so many little details which are almost impossible to describe. I’m inspired by all that I mentioned, because I’ve talked to models about photographing them and they’re beautiful, but there’s something missing. I always like to meet models before shooting them, even if it’s just for a cup of coffee.
What makes you happy and what’s next for you?
Right now, just being surrounded by good people and doing what I like in my hometown makes me really happy, but I’d love to explore other cities/countries and work there. But for now I’m just going to keep photographing and exploring as much as I can!