Madrid-based photographer Pierre Gonnord is the maker of a series of impressive portraits. In his works with the title The Dream Goes Over Time he frames Portuguese Alentejo gypsies in the style of old canvas paintings.
Our colleagues at MY MODERN MET summed up the essence of the project perfectly:
“Gonnord, who seeks to use art to give voices to marginalized people, frames his subjects as royal figures, and they respond with piercing, regal gazes. Many of the subjects have never been photographed before, and the pictures become defining images for them.
These nomadic families inhabit Europe’s Iberian Peninsula terrain that is largely untouched by modern influences. Carving out a living amid the arid conditions, they breed Lusitano and Sorraia horses, cultivate crops and travel by mule cart.
The photographer didn’t simply arrive at the encampments and immediately begin shooting photos. He spent extensive time beforehand getting to know his subjects. This background of mutual understanding infuses the intimate portraits with a deep sense of meaning.” [source: MyModernMet]
Couldn’t have phrased it better. You can really FEEL that connection in the portraits. Enjoy Gonnord’s beautiful works in the gallery below.
(-h/t MY MODERN MET via Inspiration Now-)
Witness the gypsy portraits by Pierre Gonnord.
If you liked this feature you might be interested in Iain McKell’s photo report about his life on the road with modern nomads.