I photograph at the speed of life, with a sense of extreme urgency. The image emerges to withstand the dissonance of the world, to suspend it. I believe it is the only possible way to understand time. Everything should lead to an honest and sublime photograph. However, my work progresses gradually – it is only with the perspective of time that I understand the possible relationships between all my photographs. Currently my work addresses what affects the mind, the eyes. “After all,” the work seeks to “preserve” this experience, as the poet Henri Michaux wrote. To photograph is an act of connection. A “certificate of presence” as Roland Barthes said. At the same time, for me the surface of things is subject to constant mental projections (mostly unconscious). The world appeals to you because something out there resembles you and uniquely echoes with you (a thought? a fragment of a rescued dream?). It opens your eyes and frees a form in your mind. Yet I do not try to escape, to alter the world. It is the concrete experience of something, within the reach of the eyes (a woman behind a window, a man who treats his eyes, a drowning child), that elicits amazement, without a mise-en-scène. What observes us interests me and also what concerns us intimately – in joy but in pain too.
Amaury da Cunha
from a conversation with Patricia Martín-Sánchez
Courtesy of the artist.
Photographs © Amaury da Cunha