“Under the Surveillance of Ancient Animals” is a project that I am developing about the place where I was born and then grew up. The photos work as annotations of my return to this originary period of my life. The series blends the memories that I have with the way that I feel about this place now—after many years away…

—Maria Oliveira

Editors’ Notes: For those of you who enjoyed this work, be sure to check out a similar series by the Finnish master of photography, Pentti Sammallahti.

We discovered this great work when Maria Oliveira submitted some of these photos to the LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards. Even though the international jury did not select the submission as an award winner, the editors of LensCulture liked the work so much, that we decided to publish a feature article about it and post it to Facebook, as well. Enjoy!