Photographs by José Pedro Cortes.
Pierre von Kleist Editions, 2013. 80 pp., color and black & white illustrations, 8¼x12½".
14 kms south from Lisboa, where I live, is Costa da Caparica.
During the last years I often found myself returning to this magnetic place.
José Pedro Cortes
Costa da Caparica is a place, south of Lisboa - a strip of land that exists between the last stretch of civilization and the beach.
In COSTA, we wander through this territory: shacks, outmoded architecture, remains of houses, dirt left by the tide; an agglomeration of sand, vegetation and streets – a peripheral, end-of-the-line location. We are flooded by a strange luminosity; a dazzling and mysterious light which imbues these spaces with a disconcerting and unreal atmosphere, like something seen while in a hypnotic state, encouraging the spectator to participate in a suggestive and paradoxical exploration of individual experience.