“Street photography is about more than just framing your shots. There are variables like temperature, sounds, people, and odors,” the artist says. It was in Tokyo in 2014 that Portela first wanted to capture these powerful sensations with his camera. He quickly discovered the limitations of nighttime photography – his first efforts felt too static to transport the atmosphere of the Japanese metropolis. This was the impetus for his fascinating technique. Drawing inspiration from Manga aesthetics, Portela changed the entire color scheme. He oversaturates the colors to create exactly the same atmosphere that always overcame him and rendered him speechless in the streets between the illuminated high-rises.
The astounding results are extraordinary photo manipulations in glaring pinks and sky blues that create electric tension. Even on first glance, the pieces demonstrate a powerful attraction as we become aware of images of sensory impulses that can otherwise only be found in our memories.