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God ’less

America by Mr. Esgar

Traficantes Ilimitados Agosto 2010


N

ever thought of me as a photographer. In fact

photos. I guess António Luís was very proud of me!

for the last 20 years I’ve not even owned a

All those photos were kept on an hard drive for

camera. The only reason for that was the fact that I

almost an year, until I was invited by another friend,

never had the skills to capture on film what I could

valter hugo mãe, to post my works on his blog.

see... That’s why, early on my twenties, I decided just

Thought that could be interesting to show some of

to draw and paint and leave photography for those

them to an audience beyond my friends so I’ve cho-

who could explore it as an artistic expression.

sen 99 photos to publish on a daily basis. (For this

In the summer of 2007 my friend António Luís,

book, I kept out some of them).

who is aware of my long time passion for north

The initial idea for this series came from the title

american pop culture icons and landscape, knew I

of a LP released by Crypt Records: God ‘Less

was traveling to the United States and gave me one

America. As in the record, I’ve tried to choose not

of his cameras. While driving me to the airport he

postcards but a more “obscure” side of America; a

told me: “Man, don’t come back unless you bring

realistic “landscape” not as shown on Hollywood

1000 photos!”. Still not thinking of me as a pho-

movies or as you can shoot on touristic sites. Forget

tographer, even with a camera on my hands after

the Statue of Liberty. Here you’ll find empty streets

almost 20 years, I couldn’t disappoint him. While

and lonely people. The real America, not the blessed

on the road, for 4 weeks and through 13 states, I

by God.

started shooting almost everything I saw and return to Portugal, with not 1000, but more than 4000

Esgar Acelerado August, 2010


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All pictures by Esgar Acelerado (c) 2007 www.mr-esgar.com


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