Luís Afonso :: Natural Landscape Photography

Fragments of Nature

Small worlds among that universe we call home. Intimate visions of familiar places. Unique portraits of the heaven beneath our feet.

Come with me in a journey of discovery; through a world of simplicity. My own vision of the nature and the places I had the blessing to visit.

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Luís Miguel de Araújo Afonso

I was born in 1972 and currently living in Lisbon. I am happily married and have two wonderful kids.

Photographic education

I bought my first camera in Vienna, in the winter of 1997. But it was only in 2004, when I bought my first digital SLR, that I really dived into photography and learned how to properly use a camera and to see the world through its viewfinder.

I am completely self-thought, never had photography classes nor attended any workshop. My knowledge comes first from my own experience in the field, but also from reading several books and magazines, studying hundreds of pictures and participate in active online communities where people criticize your work, share tips and push you further. My first passions were travel, architecture and street photography.

From 2008 I am solely devoted to natural landscape photography.

Personal vision

I love vast empty spaces and pure silence. But in the last years I learned to love the heaven beneath my feet and the intimate delicacy of nature. I am also keen on warm colors although my favorite color is blue. The ocean still is my playground of choice but I also dream about forests, meadows and mountains, specially when covered in white.

When I set on a journey to record a place, I rarely look at images from that location. I like to create a vision on my own and rarely study others work to be inspired. That rewards me with unique photos usually different from the rest of the crowd.

An intense sense of depth is also associated with my work, mainly when I photograph the big scene. That comes from my passion about space. But lately, I am more intereset in portraying small and more intimate scenes. Scenes that make you wonder and question yourself.

I aim to create a long journey inside my pictures and invite the viewer – you – to stroll inside it or just to linger a bit by its side. In the end, that’s what rewards me the most.

Awards & Publications

I have published my photos in several magazines and newspapers in Portugal, Spain, UK and Czech Republic. I also won awards for my photographs in Portugal. My first solo exhibition took place in England in 2009 and since then I made two more solo exhibitions and two group ones in the context of the Primeira Luz project.


Canon EOS 7D Mark II and 5D Mark III, Fujifilm X-T1
Canon 17-40mm, 24-105mm, 70-200mm, 100-400mm, 180mm Macro, 85mm lenses
Fujinon 14mm, 23mm, 56mm and 18-55mm XF lenses
Lee and Hitech ND and Gradient ND filters
Heliopan and Sigma polariser filters
Manfrotto 055CXPRO4 and 190PROB tripods

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Since January 2011 I become a member of the Primeira Luz team. Read all the info and discover the workshops, trips and courses calendar here.

Photo Archive

I have an extensive portfolio of images from Portugal, north to south. Landscape, travel and people photography are well covered subjects.

You can browse my 500px portfolio to view some of those photos. If you need more photos don't hesitate to contact me.

© 1997- Luís Miguel de Araújo Afonso

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