Creative Spotlight: Dinis Mota

I started really young in the world of photography. As a child I was the one with a 35mm film camera on family vacations, and my parents and my sister would let me take the family photos. I was the one who got to create the memories of the vacation, and I really liked that I got to be in charge of this. It was from here that I really began enjoy taking pictures. I used to sneak into the library room of our house, and mess around with my 35mm film camera. I would just look out the window through the lens,  it felt like I was pulling memories within that little plastic piece.

After some time, I decided I wanted to pursue photography on a more serious and professional level, and decided to come to Dublin to work as a photographer, along with a couple of friends. I currently focus a lot on the interior and architecture scene, as well as cinemographs. I really like to capture the beauty in the spaces where we spend most of our time. I try to exploit the idea behind the architectural minds that designed those four walls, as well as the walls outside that can exist for centuries.

As for the cinemagraphs, I just love the beauty in that. I’m able to freeze time in a way that feels like I’m back again in my library room looking through the window holding that old 35mm film. It still gives me the feeling of working with film but in a digital way, a way that I’m truly free to express my ideas, and bring any picture back to life.

I’m part of a creative collective called Le Visual, and right now all of my work and ideas go into that. Sharing ideas and collaborating is an important part of our work. As artists, we are always developing and exploring our skills and our boundaries by ourselves, forever working to improve other skills but I also feel we can explore much further when collaborating with more artistic minds. All of us at Le Visual have different roots and different backgrounds but with one thing in common, we create awesome stuff! And I do believe this multicultural scene makes the work much more exciting and challenging, as well as allowing us to share different experiences and perspectives of life.

Some of the inspiration for my photography definitely comes from the brilliant minds like Joey Lawrence and Mike Kelly, whereas for cinemagraphs it would be the pioneers Kevin Burg & Jamie Beck.

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