© Tito Mouraz

 

MOURAZ TITO
(b. 1977, Portugal)
www.titomouraz.com
Currently based in Porto, Portugal.

 

THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN WOMEN

In the Beira-Alta region of Portugal, there is a house of which it is said that it is haunted by the ghosts of seven women, all maiden sisters. One of them is said to have been a witch. On nights of the full moon, the women, dressed in white gowns, would fly from their balcony over to the leafy branches of a chestnut tree across the street. From there, they would seduce men who passed by.

Mouraz explores the myth of this place through raw, moody black and white images that capture the sense of the night, the fumes, the moon and the sounds of the trees. It is an environment where the past resonates deeply, and within which the people portrayed seem attached, like trees, to the land they live in.