“Metamorphosis 3” by Ricardo Reis

This projects reflects the changes that happen inside oneself, the transformation process that starts inside and manifests itself on the outside, the ability to let yourself go, to enjoy the journey and not just the end result.

From the beginning that brings frustration as the changes start to happen to the several stages, introspection is always present because all of us have a very specific image of ourselves that can be and probably is very different than the image that other people have of us. This process occurs several times in our lifetime, always seeking to improve and achieve a higher presence of self being, the struggle to finally achieve our better version.

It can be – and most of the times it is – overwhelming to endure but always necessary throughout our lives. It can be triggered by major life events or simply by normal everyday life. It happens to me constantly and I think for you too, so this is my view on that process of changes happening inside and out.

I tried to be strong in terms of the image to get some sort of emotion and reaction, to make you feel something. My goal is always to start a conversation, a discussion. I honestly prefer you hating or disliking my photographs than to remain completely indifferent to them.

I really hope the image and theme as well as the chosen subject really speaks to you and makes you think about your own life, your own self in terms of how you see yourself and how you think and believe you are perceived by others. If I achieved that type of reaction, I am a happy man.

What do you think are the TWO most impactful features that make your image a good photograph? Don’t be shy!

It is a strong image that makes you react and feel something. I think that is one of the most important things a photograph can do. In terms of technique it’s a good and difficult photograph to create, because it consists of hand-hold multiple exposures: five photos in the same frame on a black and white film exactly as they left the camera.

If you would be able to make this photo once again, what would be the ONE thing you would like to do better or different?

Nothing. I don’t redo my photographs or repeat my attempts.

Ricardo Reis shared this photograph in the FRAMES Facebook Group.


Ricardo Reis, Barreiro,Portugal


Equipment and Settings

Canon EOS 1 RS , 50mm f/1.4

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Comments (1):

  1. Nigel Walker

    April 12, 2021 at 18:11

    I like this a lot. I think your analysis of the piece is spot-on. Thanks for sharing.


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