Inês, Light and Words

The first word I pronounced to the world was “light”, my goal as a writer is to give back
that lost spirituality through a good story!

The first word I said was “light” and today, my goal as a writer is to give back that lost spirituality through a good story!

The first word I pronounced to the world was “light”, while pointing to the light bulbs on the kitchen ceiling. At the age of five, I remember being the last child in my class to manage to learn the consonants, to the great despair of my nursery school teacher. And, a few years later, I cried to my mother because I said, I could never write as fast as she could. So, with these three stories, the first lines of my relationship with words are written: I see them as a beautiful tumultuous poem.

Talking a bit more about my journey, years later, I graduated in Law, and in my field of study, I published my non-fiction book, entitled “Voluntary work: a legal and social reflection”. It is about volunteering, too, that I talk and write here on my blog.
But, as I probably thought, that justice should be applied by the gods, I left this human task, with touches of the divine, to other human beings.

The passion for reading and writing has always been with me, but it was from the age of twelve that I began to read compulsively. I still remember that turning point; it was a summer when I decided to start reading Jules Verne’s books, which had been sitting on my bookshelf for a long time. At the time, I encountered a language that was difficult for me, with a vocabulary that I didn’t know. Finishing reading the first book gave me such a great taste of victory that it was here that I began to gain real confidence with words. My trauma with consonants, after all, had finally been overcome.
In 2019, the latest edition of my first fiction book “Hypnosis, The Return to the Past” came out. A short story accompanies the story, “The Light of Marva: the story before Jasmine”. The book, plus the short story, can be purchased here on the site, or through Amazon or Ingram Spark.

I read all kinds of books, but I particularly enjoy dystopian, fantasy, historical, crime and biography novels. As a writer, I tend to approach in my texts subjects related to spiritualism, consciousness and esotericism.
I also like to add a dash of fantasy, mystery and history.

In recent years I have dedicated myself to reading and learning more about the mind, consciousness and our spirituality. These are themes that I cover, with a natural inclination,in my texts. I believe that the evolution of the human being is made by the soul and the spirit, and that the society in which we live puts rules and habits that restrict or override the human being’s ability to understand his purpose. My goal, as a writer, is to restore that lost spirituality through a good story.

I would also like to announce, that soon my book “Hypnosis, The Return to the Past” will be published in Portuguese, through Gato Bravo Publisher: https://www.editoragatobravo.pt/.
I like the idea that writers are a bit like wildcats: no matter how much you try to domesticate them, they will always be wild.

Under the Photographer's Lens - my experience

Curiosities and fears

The experience of being photographed professionally for the first time, in a photo studio full of pulleys, cameras, and paper in an environment unknown to most of us, can be an interesting experience to be later be told.

That’s what happened to me, when I started this project to launch my website. When building it, it became necessary, and more than pertinent, to use a professional photo of myself, that could show others my true essence. It is never an easy job, this one of subjecting ourselves to this exposure of our image (I speak for myself), and above all, to invite naturalness, and our true self, for a session like this.

The failures and mistakes behind a beautiful photograph

I was lucky enough to be photographed by Rui Bessa, an excellent photographer living in Coimbra, with vast national and international recognition.

After a car journey between Lisbon and Coimbra, which took about an hour and a half, I arrived at Rui’s studio, a little nervous but curious about the whole process. In preparation, I had to put on make-up. For many, this may seem a very simple event, but for me, who isn’t a routine to put on make-up in my daily life, it was literally confronting something that I, as a woman, could be more used to, but which I’m not.

Already in the bathroom, where I changed clothes (I chose a baby blue jumpsuit, to match my brand colours), I then went through this process, for me a little unknown. Knowing where to apply eye powder and blush, to enhance the luminosity of the face, is something that for me, is still part of the mysteries of life.

So I decided to start with the foundation, and tried to spread it evenly over my face and neck. But, like beginner’s luck, a drop fell right on my blue jumpsuit, which was supposed to be the star of the party! Already demonizing the slide of “perfection”, Cátia appeared immediately afterwards, to guide me – and give moral support – to the moment. With skills gained in theater, in functions of managing clothes, he used two pins I had with me (to adjust the hems of the jumpsuit), to mask the situation, putting the stain on the base just behind the fabric, making it invisible! Thanks to this yes, perfect improvisation, I could breathe a sigh of relief, and win my salvation.

Of course, those who look at these beautiful and professional photographs on my website, can’t imagine the bad night’s sleep I had that day, because of anxiety or a knee injury, due to a fall a week ago, which made me arrive in Coimbra limping. In the same way, you cannot guess that there is a very skilful patch on that overalls, because there was some bad luck when applying the base, which stained my clothes. My air is, on the contrary, clean and salutary and it hides well the small difficulties, the mistakes and the failures that allowed us to reach this final result. I tell you all this because we are all human, because the accident is around the corner, imperfection in every gesture, and bad luck is our shadow…simply because we exist.

The recipe for success is naturalness

To the sound of the fado music that Rui played, to extract more introspective expressions from me, and after the conversation with Cátia, where I told her several stories of my life, it was possible to capture a part of me that I didn’t know.

When I saw the final photographs, I was amazed by the fact that I had never known, or realised, some expressions that are mine. There was, therefore, a place far away from my existence, from which I was totally unaware. And that’s why I tell you, it’s worth it – at least once in your life – to participate in a photo shoot, where you can feel at ease. What you may discover afterwards can be a real surprise.