This article is about the challenge The Wanderlust launched into writing an article about my project/life story. Given the retrospective context of it, I dedicate it to all those who have always accompanied me on such adventures, and if they were not directly by my side, who otherwise supported and helped me to realize them.
May life still give us many adventures along paths never before explored.
My name is Nuno Gouveia Sousa, and I’m from Leiria. Better, I’m from the World.
My connection to photography goes back to an old memory with my father. Nineteen ninety-something. Maybe ’99, I was 10 years old.
He brought me a Pentax from Macao – which I still keep today – analogic.
I was blown away!
At the time it was the last model, it didn’t even exist in Portugal!
But this “toy” was different: it didn’t get attention just as a novelty.
After 20 years, the passion continued and made me who I am today.
I started by taking pictures of the house. I quickly climbed to my avenue. Then the city. When it became small, I went all over Portugal. Today the world.
Photography made me open horizons and want to explore more and more.
The more I see the world through my lenses, the more I fall in love with it.
Far-off countries like Kyrgyzstan, untapped landscapes like Namibia’s, ancient cultures like Sri Lanka’s, and many other stories of immense peoples etched in their wrinkles, immortalized in my portraits.
With my photos, I tell stories and adventures, always aiming to inspire others to do so too!
Today as a documentary photographer, through my expeditions and objectives, I also want to open windows to the world and create bridges for everyone to know a little more about it.
I want to make everyone able to see a little further, thus promoting awareness of our responsibility as humans and our socio-environmental footprint.
I genuinely believe that by opening our perspectives and embracing cultural diversity through adventure, we can solidify values as important as tolerance, humility and resilience.
Only then do we become better people and grow as humans.
Isn’t this why we travel?