Photographer Rui Calada Bastos used a mirrored suitcase as the main focus to develop this engaging series, entitled The Mirror Suitcase Man, where images overlap in complex arrangements. Using light and reflections, Calada Bastos captured moments in which a man carries a suitcase across a fragmented scene. The unique black and white project not only presents visually interesting compositions, but also offers viewers a small glimpse into the space behind the camera.
Through his lens, Calada Bastos composed fantastic optical illusions and created a harmonious balance between two distinct spaces. The rectangular frame within a frame interrupts the scene and provides a striking combination of elements, from urban sidewalks and subway trains to patches of grass and cloudy skies. Though there are many recognizable objects within the photographs, Calada Bastos provides no sense of certainty in each fleeting moment and viewers are left to wonder about the subject: Where is he headed? Is he coming or going? And where will he end up?