Miguel Proença is a freelance photographer based in Porto, Portugal. His work primarily focus on long-term documentary projects anchored in contemporary issues, social changes and transformations, ranging from local to global areas. He studied at Portuguese Institute of Photography and later graduated in Audiovisual Communication Technologies from the Polytechnic Institute of Porto. His work has been published in various national and international publications. He’s also co-founder of COLECTIVO.
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Behind The Hill
Our conservative society and its beliefs inspired me to describe characters and scenes often overlooked by the modern world ruled by science and technology. The characters and situations often relate to nature and superstition, “Behind The Hill” describes the struggle of man’s will to master the elements, to mold the world to his granted truth and to explain it through his ingenuity.
Mamluk, which means slave soldier in Arabic, depicts a city in the outskirts of the densely populated metropolis of Cairo, which was raised on a tight grid of tombs and mausoleums that form the legendary expanse of cemeteries where it’s told ghosts ramble the streets at night. Many of the inhabitants who live among the Mamluk tombs have either emigrated from the farm fields or relocated to the periphery due to the collapse of the lower stratum of the middle class.