I reached this small village 20Km north of Merzouga, Morocco, by camel. Under scorching heat and facing rather strong winds, I tried to capture the amazing - and unique - sunset light filtered by Eyjafjallajokull's ash cloud. This picture underwent a significant amount of noise reduction in post due to the noise generated by the extreme heat of the place.
Rui Pires is from Portugual and was born in 1968. The passion for photography began in 1983 as an amateur photographer. He is considered a photographer with a classical and humanist style, and is dedicated primarily to documentary photography.
In 2006, he began a project that aims to document the life in Portuguese rural villages undergoing desertification, the Rural Moments project. The project is still running. Later, in 2009, he started the Lands of Allah project, a documentary about the life of the nomad tribes and Berber-Touareg people in the north of Africa and Sahara desert..
His work has been widely published in the web, magazines and newspapers worldwide. He has also won prizes and awards in exhibitions and photography contests.
Strongly influenced by Doisneau, Eisenstaedt, Adams and Salgado, he tries to achieve a humanistic approach to documentary photography and always aiming to dignify the people he portrays. Rui Pires shoots primarily in medium and large format with black and white film and he controls the entire photographic process from capturing to processing film and printing.
In the present, he produces high quality fine-art prints from his body of work in signed and limited series for art collectors worldwide and has had many of his pictures in private collections worldwide.
Rui Pires is a member of the Photographic Society of America.
He has a degree in Image Analysis and Evaluation. He is a mentor for film photography and also a judge in inter-club competitions run by the Photographic Society of America.
Since 2011, Rui Pires became an Independent Curator, first at Onexposure 1X web Gallery and, after, at NGO Foundations and Governments, having curated 7 international exhibitions overall.
In 2012, he graduated in Professional Photography at the Institute of Photography of New York.
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... as long as there's an advanced Maths course in a (not necessarily) nearby country. He's known for pushing friends into the most expensive photographic equipment... several family inheritances have been wasted, but they often acknowledge his smart advices. Owner of a clinical eye, he can spot perfection amidst chaos as easily as a small imperfection on a perfect photo. He's also an occasional stork stalker and, above all, a caring father of two beautiful children. Gastão's current location: Covilhã, Portugal.
... give us a hand. He's our Computer Science genius and is currently addicted to photographing cats. He's a natural born optimist who makes a joke out of anything... don't mess with his Toyota though. Eventually, his stocks will rise from death and he'll invest in livestock and vineyards. He's got highly trained fingers either playing the piano or shortcutting photoshop. We hope he'll stick around after marrying his college sweetheart. In the mean time, he'll dissect every submitted photograph into binary code. Pedro's current location: Covilhã, Portugal.
... would only be true if reading travel, geographic and surfing books/magazines accounted some mileage. He checks his e-mail every 2 minutes and he's often seen going cold-turkey when offline. Still divided between several walks of life, he strongly believes in Murphy's law "If anything can go wrong, it will". Photography plays a huge role in his life, at least judging by his conversation topics. Gray hair will eventually take the better of him. Pedro's current location: Covilhã, Portugal. Pedro's blog, personal/work homepage and facebook.