Always ready to incorporate emerging tech, Fernando and his team were early adopters of aerial photography, and since 2011 have taken to the skies to capture a more unique point of view. "When we first started flying, tools were still very basic and we had to design part of the flying equipment ourselves. The flights were often short and didn't always end well. But it was important to start early. I realised the importance of a camera that could fly and how to fit it into a photo shoot. Clients love it, of course. It's a novelty for all intents and purposes. Over the years we have thousands of images from above that I love, but the most important photographs continue to be taken down here on the ground. I've always considered aerial photography as simply another camera, just the one that flies and shows the 'fifth elevation'."
Fernando is regularly published in various national and international publications, such as Casabella, Wallpaper*, Dwell, Icon, Domus and A+U. His studio collaborates with lots of international architects and, in 2015, he won the Architectural Photographer of the Year prize for his colourful photograph of EPFL Quartier Nord in Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2017 he had a celebrated 2,000m2 exhibition in the centre of Lisbon, showing the last 30 years of his images, his work and his process.
"I have had the fortune of working with many people who inspire me daily and who have really advanced the way we think about architecture," he says. "I see my work as the messenger of a structure; which is the result of great effort, so there has to be a special and tremendous responsibility that comes with that."