Vinicius Terranova’s images have a way of getting under your skin. Often using highly saturated colours and surrealistic compositions, the Brazilian photographer merges elements of fashion photography with a documentary style realism, to create playful yet thought-provoking imagery. Raised in Switzerland, Teranova currently resides in São Paulo, which he credits as having a defining impact on his work, due to “its huge cultural scene, where diversity is very loud and around every corner. Brazil is a very creative and beautiful country, yet marked by many contrasts and paradoxes”.
We were especially drawn to his recent project Flores Rares, a series of portraits in which Terranova casts his lens on those whose beauty is often marginalised. His first subjects in the series are albino twins Lara and Mara, together with their older sister Sheila. Photographed against a delicate colour palette, Terranova’s intimate portraits feel like a tribute to the beauty and power of diversity. By highlighting the contrast in their complexions while creating a unified, harmonious portrayal of sisterly love, he depicts bonds which transcend physical differences. Terranova explains, “their beauty is complementary in every single way, and their differences coexist in harmony, just like it should be in every society”.
Vinicius Terranova on Flores Raras “Flores Raras literally translates to Rare Flowers. I launched the project portraying three black sisters, two of them being albino twins. I like to create work which looks at the possibilities and contrasts that our globalised world can produce. This cultural overlap has always been part of my life. My point is to analyse how being uncommon is far from being negative. Actually, when you possess a different, therefore rare trait, this feature makes you more beautiful and special, never less.”
“Their beauty is complementary in every single way, and their differences coexist in harmony, just like it should be in every society.”