Carol Sachs, curating “Naked Eye”, a new travel project
Naked Eye is a new blog curated by photographer Carol Sachs, and featuring places like the Grand Canyon, Utah (USA), Tokyo, and the Dolomites, the Italian mountain range that can be discovered on a fascinating journey through the photos of this young restless photographer. Carol Sachs is a young Brazilian living in London, subverting the values of conventionality to cross oceans in search of original pictures. Her photos have illustrated pages of magazines like Wallpaper, Vogue Hommes Japan, Vice UK, and the site Nowness.
In Brazil, she has photographed for some of the big publishing houses such as Trip, Glamurama Group, Carta Editorial, Abril, Globo, among others. In addition to her editorial work, during the past five years Carol has been lending her eye to document the plays produced by Sutil Theatre Company, of her countrymen Felipe Hirsch and Guilherme Weber.
Trained as a graphic designer, photography found a place in her life when she was still in college, quite suddenly, as the story on her first blog post tells. Later on, after moving to London, she pursued an MA Photography from the London College of Communication. Since then she has been moving around, capturing people and places and turning them into visual poetry.
The blog project was born gradually until an invitation to write about a trip to Tokyo gave it the final impetus. The site works something like a virtual organiser of her growing travel archives. “The name means looking at things directly, without the aid of lenses. Because before you shoot anything you have to be physically present in one place (the trip), but once there, you have to look around, to see, and only then you are prepared to shoot. The photo is the final product, which sums up the experience, and sometimes my only reason for being in a place, but everything starts with looking at things with the naked eye.”
Her blog also has special contributions from friends who tell her about their favourite places in cities around the world, and include maps indicating locations and reviews. Her photographs are combined with a highly personal narrative, which sometimes bring not only inspiration, but also useful information about the trip. There is space for visual reports, small galleries of images without captions, often with aerial and road views and also brief notes and curiosities.