Found photographs edited and
assembled with post cards, letters and objects
2010 - 2017



Found in Amsterdam, 2010

One day, walking through a flea market, I found a photo album of a couple on vacations in the Provence region of France, probably in the 60s. They traveled alone, isolated from the rest of the world, taking photographs of each other in the fields, by the sea, at historic sites, cities and other landscapes.
In none of the photos they appeared together, which may be an indication that they had no contact with other people on that trip.

The woman looked older than the man and his gaze through the camera on her fascinated me. I believe they were lovers, an unusual couple on a love journey, probably in secret.

 Found in Amsterdam, 2010

I was moved by the abandonment of those photographs, taken and kept with sweetness and affection, and I fantasised about different possibilities for the story of that photo album.

My first thought was: this was a forbidden romance. The second: as the attachment to the romantic memory is more typical of the female universe, it was woman who kept the album. And third: after being preserved in secret over the time, the album was discarded with her death.

“32nd birthday 21 Jan 1959. With the flowerssent by my distant lover.  What do you think of me?
There was a broken flower and I put it in my hair. Funny, isn’t?”
Found in Amsterdam, 2013.

From that day on I began looking for discarded photographs of couples wherever I went. The work presented here is the result of that search: a collection of recurring images of couples found in family albums in almost all cultures. Love stories that were recorded and at a certain point discontinued, broken and lost.

Found in Amsterdam, 2015.

Found in Amsterdam, 2016

Found in Pau-France, 2011

This is a work in progress where I create fictional narratives from abandoned memories, editing the original images, adding colors and combining them with new ones of my own, with texts and other found images. I wanted to offer a place for those faded love stories, giving new meanings to the records discarded by the end of the relationship, by death or by some immeasurable embarrassment.

The work aims to give anonymous romances a memory, albeit a fictional one, to honor the encounter and the separation of two individuals motivated by love and passion and, even so, by fear, death and the countless unexpected events of a life.

Found in São Paulo-Brazil, 2010.

Found in Salvador da Bahia-Brazil, 2014.

Found in Amsterdam, 2016.

Found in Pau-France, 2011.