Interview with Photographer  Fernando Matoso

Skin Borders


Photographer Fernando Matoso @fernandomatosophotography
Story & Words Diana Matoso @www.dsway.org 
Concept Creator Shiene Mann @ shiene_mann_beauty
Creative Model Direction Olia Sequeira
Retoucher Olia Sequeira
Fashion Designer Rachel Brunton @xsazia 
Model Rozie Ayesha @rozieayesha
Model Donna Marie @donnamariemodel
Model Chloé Smith-Mitchell @chloesm16 
Nail Artist Shiene Mann @ shiene_mann_beauty
Makeup Artist Benazir Thebo @beenz_mua 
Hair Stylist Heide @inandout.hbs 


"We all felt confined and isolated in more than one way recently as limits have been imposed and restrictions forced us to delve into ourselves and consider what world we [want to] live in.

Each one of us has a unique set of experiences shaping our personality and therefore, reality, but we all share that same reality even though we each see it from a different perspective. Our eyes might not lie but our perception will always be a small fraction of the whole and as long as we interpret the world with our body we'll be limited by our senses and stuck in one of the polarities sides.

To release from this narrow vision, we must expand behind our material and conscious self, welcome and forgive our shadows, open our heart's eye and talk the language of unconditional love through kind gests and meaningful actions. We must embrace what we loathe or is unknown in ourselves and others with the same respect and compassion as we do with what we know to love, only then can we unify with our inbuilt duality, start to see the other also as part of ourselves and understand how it is to be underneath their skin.

It might be hard not to see borders when we grow within a body, protected and limited by our biggest organ, the skin. It is a container of the self meanwhile separating from another and it is natural to feel it as a boundary even though it's also what brings us together by touch. Each of us is enclosed by this physical limit, staring at the other as if separate but if we are able to envision humanity as one being, we understand how we are all interconnected just like the cells and organs in our body. 

For this to happen we need to understand that our skin might be waterproof but is not a wall, it might hold us but does not define us, it might constrain but also lead us to the closest intimate contact with another. 

We ought to learn that borders are not only what divides us but also where we meet, just like our differences are what complements us. Like the line drawn by the water streaming between the valley or the ocean that keeps continents apart meanwhile joining them, our skin is both a border and a bridge between the self and another. If we let it grow too thick we might lose ourselves behind it but if instead, we lessen our skin borders and nourish the contact it provides, we'll see and be part of the world as the whole it is."  - Diana Matoso


Could you tell us about how you became involved with photography and realised you wanted to be a photographer?

I came from a multifaceted art background, constantly seeking to explore different art forms and channels, through which I could best express myself. Photography soon became my passion though, as I quickly realized that my Eyes, my Heart, my Creativity, my Motion, and my Emotion could be expressed with a simple click, with one tool, my camera - a reflection of my whole, in an instant. 

Do you think that photography has changed you in any way? What do you love most about Photography?

Photography is all about Spontaneity, the capture of the Eternal moment of Life! All my life, for some reason, I travelled and lived between two people, two points, two houses, two cities, or two countries. I´ve been shaped to this fast, unpredictable, and nomad way of living. Photography was a form of art that was quickly adjusted to this Life, something I was able to carry with me at all times. Photography did not change me; but instead, filled up my Life. 

Do you have any favourite pieces of equipment you couldn’t live without?

The equipment is not the most important factor, but I couldn´t be the photographer I am without My Eyes and My Heart. They make me Unique and creative 

If you had unlimited resources who and what would you photograph?

I would take my Wife, unlimited resources (4 platinum credit cards!), and leave the house tomorrow. Without pre-destinations, I would travel around the world creating Editorials from moments of the human quotidian and dynamic aspects of the real here and now; about how human values and mankind’s diversity emerge from the fragility of our world, of our society. 

How do you keep yourself motivated when it comes to creating your editorials?

Never stop believing in Humankind - it's my source of inspiration. 

Could you tell us a little bit about the concept behind your editorials we featured? 

“….We ought to learn that borders are not only what divides us but also where we meet, just like our differences are what complements us.” Diana Matoso 


What is the impression you want viewers to get from your work?

There is only one way to change the Path of Humankind: Non-Violence, Dialogue, Love, and Forgiveness 

Do you have any tips for photographers/creatives at the start of their journey?

You can have a Ph.D. in Photography and other photographers that you admire. But please, give lots of space to yourself! So that you can be guided by your unpredictable instinct and the Wild Emotion of your inner space.

Are there any particular photographers or creative that have influenced you the most?

Yes, Myself! I don't like to be influenced but I love the work of Sebastião Salgado for his Humanity 

Is there anything key in the future your aiming for?

If I could put inside my camera viewfinder the whole of Humankind and..click! take a group photo to show how beautiful we are in our imperfection! 

Thank you for featuring within INTRA, where could viewers find more information about you and connect with your work?