State of Mind is a photographic series, and ultimately a book, about the individual quality of mysterious strangers.
The images were captured over a period of several years traveling in countries such as Japan, Portugal, Hungary, Malaysia, Spain, South-Korea, Romania, Russia, Taiwan – and what emerged is a visual narrative on the poetic quality of individuality and what it means to be lost in thoughts.
The State of Mind series is about the “thinking moments” and the uncertain atmosphere surrounding the people and places encountered on the way.
The book is a limited edition of 500 copies and can be acquired online through this website or at selected bookstores.
Testimonials about State of Mind
“This is one way photographs look like when they’re worth looking at.”
Charles Harbutt (Photographer, former president of Magnum)
“Nuno’s images are gorgeous, intensely personal, beautifully abstract, and totally cinematic.
They’re like stills from a classic film that doesn’t exist, or memories from a life-changing journey you never took.”
Gary Hustwit (Filmmaker, director of “Helvetica”)
“A very beautiful book. Very sensitive observations of people in dialogue with their surroundings.
Classic black and white studies inspired by light, shadow and people.”
Vaughan Oliver (Designer, v23)
“This book is telling the mysterious story about our common life.
The images are catching the rare moment between the daily dreaming and neverending expecting of something: maybe love, maybe old memories, human touch, sunshine or next bus, who knows (…) It is just a tender and discreet message about us, people – not too dramatic, not too sad or depressive – because it never lacks the kindness and hope.”
Sarah Saudek (Photographer)
“The images in State of Mind whisper the threat of an action the viewer can only ever guess at.
Mysterious, evocative, poetic, full of brilliant light and glorious shadows which expand and contract like the space between breaths.”
Lydia Lunch (Musician)
“What a pleasure to be asked to see, feel and touch the mind of Nuno Moreira via his photographs for State of Mind.
Stopped, felt, seen, alerted, and looked into…momentary miracles and stories haikued forever/instantly and then another…
Worlds lived by blinking eyes and living spaciously, quickly and then gone.”
Linda Montano (Performance Artist)
“Excellent, excellent work that (to me) is dreamlike and surreal.”
Richard Sandler (Photographer and Filmmaker)
“In a megapolis such as Tokyo the line between natural and artificial has evaporated in most areas… Except for that of light and time. We are conditioned to not differentiate between these polarities when we are inside of these environments, yet the transitions and experiences between them frame our lives and memories. Moreira’s perspective has the ability to capture that temporal framing. Amongst a billion LED, phosphorescent, fluorescent, neon, flood, halogen and fluorescents we find lonely individuals within the pool of time and experience, living in a way not so removed from four or five generations before them.”
Stephen F. O’Malley (Musician)
About Nuno Moreira
Nuno Moreira is a visual artist living and working in Tokyo, originally from Lisbon, Portugal.
His projects take the form of photography, video, photo-montage and installation.
His references are diverse and come from different areas of personal interest such as cinema, music, painting or architecture, which is evident by looking at some of his series.
Filmmaker Gary Hustwit described Nuno’s work as “stills from a classic film that doesn’t exist, or memories from a life-changing journey you never took”.
He has exhibited solo and in group shows since 2006, just released the photo book “State of Mind” and his work seeks to explore themes such as identity, memory, psychological states or what he refers simply as the “thinking moments”.
You can find Nuno Moreira on the Web:
Apart from the great photographs of course, I really appreciate Nuno’s sequencing of photos and the book’s graphic design – these bring the best out of his images.