Raw authenticity. Children’s worlds. Vibrant. African spirit
Based somewhere between Lisbon and Cape Town.
Being raised between Africa and Europe, Isabel is always in search of raw tenderness, palm shades dancing on the ground and truthfulness. With a master in Anthropology she conquered the world of fashion and life style photography, always adding another layer to her perspective on people and especially children.
Her approach to photography is deeply emotional which became her trademark as a commercial photographer.
But for all that she never forgot her upbringing in colonial Mozambique. All she wants is to reconcile us with our common history, starting with the awareness of her own surrounding. Wherever she goes she takes pictures of resilience, courage and people’s souls which she considers an expression of dignity.
Lens Culture finalist B/W award
Tribute to Carlos Paredes in Lisbon
Photography exhibition at Young Blood in Cape Town
FAMILIA photo exhibition at National Art Gallery in Whindoeck
2 books published
Your art is…
Heart and Soul
Could you eat pancakes for a whole week?
Analog or Digital?
Loving analog but for practical reasons using digital
Where do you go when you want to be with you?
I live on a farm, so there is plenty of me alone space, otherwise, Africa is always my first option
Tell us something about your education
I studied Anthropology and all the photography way was self taught
A question that moves you right now
Always the colonialism impact on the way we live in the world as we do, and how it is not a very dated issue, but so present on the way we think, feel, and make life choices. How to decolonize ourselves. How to decolonize image , is my side of the story.
I am a photographer and my brother is a movie Director, it must run in the family, an accurate visual perception with an heart for life stories.
What was the weirdest encounter, the craziest adventure or the most beautiful moment you experienced on a shoot?
In 30 years on being a photographer a lot has happened, good, crazy, sad, and beautiful. Stories to be told, and remembered, and hard to define the most special one in relation to others. But I am surely addicted to the moments in a shoot when magic happens, when being a photographer has so much purpose and fulfillment.
What is more important to you: Form or content?
What part of the human face is your favorite?
The soul part: Expression
Where does your inspiration live?
Memories, experiences, and a good link between the heart and the brain.
What would you do if you weren't afraid?
I don’t think I am afraid, so all is possible as long we want and believe in it.