As we have seen recently from the various submissions, the exploitive nature of photography has such a heavy an influence over the work that photographers create. Portuguese photographer Maria Oliveira is no stranger to using the exploration as part of her work. Photographic theory will often reference the words used to describe photography as being similar to that of hunting. As Susan Sontag pointed out we ‘load, aim and shoot’,
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This work Under the Surveillance of Ancient Animals is about the place she was born and raised. It serves as an annotation of her return to this pivotal point of her life and explores her memories and how she feels about the place after being away for many years.
Maria is interested in how her relationship to where she grew up is changing. To Maria, her hometown now seems mute and serene as if time had stopped. Poetically described as “a primordial connection to nature. Empty paths, silent houses and the animals as the last guardians of a home”