Teresa Freitas was born in 1990 in bright and sunny Lisbon, where she still lives. She graduated from Lisbon University’s Faculty of Fine Arts with a degree in Multimedia Art, followed by a Masters in Design and New Media.
Teresa had taken conceptual photography classes while at art school, but mainly focused on black and white film. Through the immediacy of Instagram, she felt freer to experiment with the medium, taking her work in new and interesting directions. As she followed her inspiration, her work developed to be something far from the grey scale. She established her signature style of bright yet calming hues, and major brands began to seek her out for collaborations.
Since then, she has been working as a full-time photographer, as well as a content creator for brands on social media. In her portfolio, you can find collaborations with brands like Netflix, Dior, Kenzo, Chloé, Calvin Klein, Pantone, HP, Fujifilm, Huawei and Polaroid.
Teresa aims to continue to be a full-time photographer at the age of 86.
The visible secret behind my work lies in how colour can transport us to a subtle change of reality. While the places in my photographs exist, at the same time there is something a little bit "off" about them. We wonder if they are true or if we're just inside a dream.
I like to play with familiar motifs - palm trees in Palm Springs, a Chinatown street, the architecture of St. Petersburg - and then subvert them into something less tangible and more cinematic. My artistry lies in my composition, yes, but primarily in the conceptual and aesthetic way in which I use colour. You will see both bold and pastel hues in the same image - a visual paradox that our minds aren’t used to and a play on colour that is very interesting to me as an artist. Beyond that paradox is a sense of calm and happiness that continually permeates my work.
Teresa is the second artist to participate in This Girl Makes Art, the Subject Matter mentoring programme for talented female artists at an early stage of their career. We loved her work the second we saw it.