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ALL OF MY WORKS ARE SUBJECT TO COPYRIGHT LAWS. DO NOT USE WITHOUT WRITTEN CONSENT CONTACT: joseferreiraphoto@gmail.com “Nomadic sight” Documentary Project(Photography and Post-productions) By: José Ferreira Marginalized by society or nomadic and heir of a measureless culture? The history of the gypsies still stumbles around deep controversies and its condition remains tied in a complex lacing of mysteries and doubts. Our imprecise historical knowledge about his theme, tell us that this enigmatic people came originally from northwest India and, for reasons still unexplained nowadays, were forced to leave the territory, becoming nomadic. Their first steps in Europe occurred during XII century, but their presence in Portugal only dates from mid XV century. Six centuries later, gypsies are still associated with extra-sensorial and divine capabilities, and from a social point of view, are an ethnic minority that either self-exclude themselves or gets marginalized by our society. "Nomadic Sight" is a documental photographic project raised from the need to acknowledge and assimilate different sights and realities of everyday’s life nowadays, providing a different approach and perspective on these enigmatic people. Mindful to their habits, customs and traditions, the author, José Maria Ferreira, intended to give expression to his care and interest in this race and recorded the charm of this culture, as rich as mysterious. Therefore, over approximately one year (2008/09), he established bounds and a close relationship with its members, regularly visiting three gypsy camps in Faro. Through his camera, expressions, postures and habits, overflowed he’s eyes and soul, at the rhythm of such an amazing people. A lost world full of familiar gestures, that still strictly bound present with past. Their connection to their land and routs, the children’s laugh while playing along the grass, and the recreation of ancient customs remind us of the presence of a perpetual culture. More than simple images, Jose Maria Ferreira captured the soul of the people in every face, every look, every smile and every tear... "Olhar nómada" Marginalizados da sociedade, ou povo nómada, herdeiro de uma cultura riquíssima? A história da etnia cigana,ou Rom,gera ainda hoje muita controvérsia e a sua condição contínua envolta em mistério. Crê‐se que este povo enigmático é originário do noroeste da Índia e que, por razões desconhecidas, terá sido obrigado a abandonar o território, tornando‐se nómada. Chegado à Europa por volta do séc. XII, a sua presença em Portugal data apenas de meados dos éc.XV. Seis séculos passados, os ciganos estão ainda hoje associados a lendas e capacidades divinatórias e são, do ponto de vista social, uma minoria étnica que tanto se auto‐exclui como é marginalizada pela nossa sociedade. “Olhar nómada”, é um projecto de fotografia documental que nasce da necessidadedeconhecer e dar a conhecer as diferentes realidades da vida quotidiana actual, facultando uma abordagem diferente deste povo. Desperto para os seus hábitos, costumes e tradições, o autor, José Maria Ferreira, propõe‐se a dar expressão ao seu interesse por esta etnia e a registar o encanto da sua cultura,tão rica quantomisteriosa. Assim, ao longo de aproximadamente um ano (2008/09) estabelece uma relação de proximidade com os seus membros, visitando regularmente três acampamentos de ciganos situados em Faro. Por meio da sua objectiva apreendeu olhares, expressões, posturas, hábitos; sentiu‐se entrar num mundo perdido;viu reflectido o presente e opassado em cada gesto; vivenciou a ligação das crianças à terra, a recriação de costumes ancestrais. Por fim, mais do que simples imagens, captou a alma de um povo em cada rosto,em cada olhar,em cada sorriso,em cada lágrima... Read Less
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“Nomadic sight”

Marginalized by society or nomadic and heir of a measureless culture?
The history of the gypsies still stumbles around deep controversies and its condition remains tied in a complex lacing of mysteries and doubts. 
Our imprecise historical knowledge about his theme, tell us that this enigmatic people came originally from northwest India and, for reasons still unexplained nowadays, were forced to leave the territory, becoming nomadic.
Their first steps in Europe occurred during XII century, but their presence in Portugal only dates from mid XV century.
Six centuries later, gypsies are still associated with extra-sensorial and divine capabilities, and from a social point of view, are an ethnic minority that either self-exclude themselves or gets marginalized by our society.
"Nomadic Sight" is a documental photographic project raised from the need to acknowledge and assimilate different sights and realities of everyday’s life nowadays, providing a different approach and perspective on these enigmatic people. 
Mindful to their habits, customs and traditions, the author, José Maria Ferreira, intended to give expression to his care and interest in this race and recorded the charm of this culture, as rich as mysterious.
Therefore, over approximately one year (2008/09), he established bounds and a close relationship with its members, regularly visiting three gypsy camps in Faro. 
Through his camera, expressions, postures and habits, overflowed he’s eyes and soul, at the rhythm of such an amazing people. A lost world full of familiar gestures, that still strictly bound present with past. Their connection to their land and routs, the children’s laugh while playing along the grass, and the recreation of ancient customs remind us of the presence of a perpetual culture. 
More than simple images, Jose Maria Ferreira captured the soul of the people in every face, every look, every smile and every tear...