Someone left this here
: memória fotográfica de objetos esquecidos

  • Vanessa Sofia Rente Alonso (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


The present work “Someone left this here” refers to the objects of study and refers to the photographic series that includes the final master's project in photography. The problem of consumerism is explored conceptually, from the image marketing process through which new objects go to appeal to the consumer's desire for possession, to the spoils of objects that no longer have practical use. We live in the time of objects. In a consumer society we manufacture, use and subsequently dispose of everything that loses its functionality, thereby increasing the production of waste. We acquire new objects and accumulate others, we become maximal in consumption, living in a jungle in which the new wild man condenses his poses in a vegetation of vestiges. These objects found in these “jungles” are not part of their flora or fauna, however they constitute their own habitat, they are mutable objects that can gain different uses and meanings, can be modified subjectively and objectively, gain or lose value depending on their context of usefulness, they have signs of wear and scars from the places where they were found and which are part of the unalterable memory marks of these objects, making them unique and telling their story. The objects that were found in abandoned places, forgotten at random by their former owners, are part of the object of study of this project. This project is divided into two aspects: the memory of the habitat where the object was abandoned and, on the other hand, the photographic record in the studio, making an analysis of the use of the spoils for the exploration and creation of an image of the final product as a piece of art.
Date of Award29 Mar 2021
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorCarlos Lobo (Supervisor) & Márcio Vilela (Co-Supervisor)


  • Consumerism
  • Photography
  • Product
  • Memory
  • Object


  • Mestrado em Fotografia

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