The “Shift” Project by Hélder Santos

Hélder Santos was born in Porto, Portugal in 1991. Graduated in Graphic Design and Publicity (2010-2013), at the School of Industrial Studies and Management (ESEIG- Escola Superior de Estudos Industriais e de Gestão) which makes part of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto – Portugal (IPP-Instituto Politécnico do Porto).  I admired the way he looks in objects, culture, architecture and human mind… Very well given through his recent work “Shift”.  “The Human Being always dreamed of reaching the heavens, to get where we never thought to achieve.” From his portfolio we read…


The real progress of the human being exists in our minds, as we expand our understanding of the world around us and how we relate to it. Where cultures spread across several continents mark their history for a long time, mirroring each one a true sense for each one of us.
The human being always had the need to leave a footprint in this world, to evolve, to move, to live and build something else. A need that today we see anywhere we look. We evolved a lot since since our existence in this world, expressing our capabilities in all shapes and creating a civizacional and incredible world around us. We are still a being under construction, but we went through a long period in our history, looking today for the ups and downs that we, as humans, suffered.

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In recent years the importance of symbolism and meaning of architecture has gradually been recognized and valued. For the human, architecture has been one of the most expressive ways of his evolution, not only shown the power of his imagination, but also the need for a progress and a reach of new goals.
The Human Being always dreamed of reaching the heavens, to get where we never thought to achieve. That dream was increasingly a reality when it comes to architecture, where we see skyscrapers with the size of mountains, buildings completely modern, aesthetically impossible in its construction, tearing the clouds as no one would have imagined a few years ago.


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“Shift” is a photography project that shows a personal world, a minimalist alternative, a utopic vision of  architecture´s future that is inspired by the very own science fiction movies. With him I try to demonstrate the importance of architecture, and  it´s increasingly possible ways to break down our own barriers.


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From the combination of several photographs of different buildings and their symmetry, I created a range of minimalist photomanipulation images that demonstrate a change and an evolution of an utopian architecture (“Shift”).


Playing around  with these geometric and minimal forms, all coming together from nine different points of the image: The center, sides, corners, top and bottom. All such forms  arise together and make somekind of mosaic, and they all bind to photograph shooting through them, creating a mosaic pictures.


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“Um ser humano é um ser que está constantemente “em construção”, mas também, em paralelo, sempre num estado de destruição constante.”

“A human being is a being who is constantly ‘under construction’, but also, in parallel, always in a state of constant destruction.”

José Saramago


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Photography by Hélder Santos, 2013


Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (

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