I was in Tunisia last November, in Djerba, a quiet and beautiful island in the Mediterranean Sea, connected to the mainland by a Romanic stone bridge. Somehow, I was motivated to photograph again in black-and-white, and, whether it was consciously or not, the resulting images are clearly related to some of my previous series, as if a line of work continues to progress, immune to all the doubts and experimentation with colour and larger formats. I am planning to select nine images — I like the number nine, a square number, 3×3, symmetric in its “asymmetry”, the last symphonies of Beethoven, Mahler and Schubert — and make a limited edition portfolio (10+2), with small-medium format prints, maybe 20x30cm, preserved in a hand-made cardboard black box. I know that in contemporary photography one must offer huge colour prints. But for me, photography is still that piece of paper that we keep in discreet boxes.

(Photos: @Carlos M. Fernandes: Djerba, Tunisia, 2010)


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