Fernando Villela is a photographer from São Paulo (b.93), currently living and working in New York. A diligent observer, his subject matter is the everyday, the living experience, the shared existence. He believes it is here to be witnessed, to be observed. With interests in existentialism, urban life, and the systems that operate (the invisible hands that orchestrate), Fernando looks and aims his camera to the action unfolding around him, surveying the sidewalk, the buildings, the day and its inhabitants.
Over time and a lot of images, Fernando begins to find patterns in that which he’s photographed, and specific themes and ideas begin to surface. These can be as straight-forward as pictures of security cameras, or documentary, as a train journey across the American continent, or more theoretical, as a series of images on the obscured effects of late capitalism. He also explores and photographs on virtual streets in video games, to better comprehend the line between the real and the simulacrum.
With these images (and a few videos), Fernando has appeared in exhibitions internationally, in group and solo shows. Fernando also prints several zines and books of his photographs, experimenting with different formats and processes of distribution. You can find his work on video games, Procedural Generation, reported on widely online, and you may also see his photographs appear in magazines, journals, and online features from time to Time (Lightbox).
And for the nostalgic, here’s his email: