Pharos will introduce the Teresa Freitas photo exhibition, which is heating up SNS with pastel-toned photos. The exhibition was held from Saturday, January 29, 2022 to April 24, 2022 at The Hyundai Seoul, located in Yeouido.
Teresa Freitas, a Portuguese artist, invites visitors to the moment when spring is in full bloom. As a photographer and content creator, she uses rich, pastel-toned colors to capture the world in her photos. Teresa Freitas was born in Lisbon, Portugal, where she still lives in a seaside village. Therefore, Portugal appears frequently in her works. She captures many of Portugal's urban landscapes as well as natural landscapes. She did color research in order to incorporate her desired colors into her works, and she visited many parts of the world, including San Francisco, Malta, and St. Petersburg, for her inspiration. She also exhibits photographs of various countries, including Spain, Italy and Hungary. Teresa Freitas began uploading pastel-toned photos she took to her SNS account when she was a college student. These photos became widespread through the Internet, and she was contacted by famous brands such as Gucci, Dior, Pantone, and Netflix, and she participated in many collaborations. She revealed that the secret of her work is to take pictures of something obvious and realistic, and then use color to make it unrealistic.
The works of the Teresa Freitas photo exhibition are displayed in 6 themes. Section 1, “Between Flowers,” is in the first hall. These pictures focused on flowers can be considered the most symbolic works which show her direction of pursuit, color, and the feeling of the photography. Section 2, “The Dream of Spring” is a space where we can meet photographs of a dream that were interpreted in her own way, influenced by surrealist painter Rene Magritte. Section 3, “Home and Color” exhibits pictures of a small seaside area of Lisbon, her hometown. Section 4, “Dream of City” displays photos of places she has traveled to, such as San Francisco. Section 5, “La Muralla Roja,” is probably the most popular part of this photo exhibition. There are photos depicting an apartment building designed by Spanish architect Ricardo Boppil using the color of Teresa Freitas. There is also a set where a model is reconstructed. Lastly, Section 6, “By the Water,” lets the viewer imagine both a fresh and warm atmosphere simultaneously.
While seeing the exhibition, what struck me as most remarkable was the energy of spring. Images in pastel tones arouse a cozy mood in us. Pastel-toned pictures, which are her signature, have the power to make people's sensibility and emotion become restless. Unlike other pastel-toned pictures, the photos of Teresa Freitas, which are low in contrast, are blurry and soft, so the perception of color is maximized, allowing viewers to feel both softness and intensity at the same time. For example, by using drastic color compensation like expressing sand in the beach as pink, she distinctly achieves the effect that she wishes to convey. In addition, her travel pictures do not show famous landmarks, but rather normal streets and buildings which allow her to display her originality.
In this situation where overseas trips are restricted because of COVID-19, how about going on an imaginary trip through the Teresa Freitas photo exhibition? You can feel the spring atmosphere through her works and absorb the beautiful pastel colors!
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