Forces of Nature #10

The Ponta Delgada – Azores 2027 bid for European Capital of Culture has launched the “Forces of Nature” photographic series, by the photographer Paulo Goulart. The aim is to show that our nature is human, by showing people that build the culture of this place.
Based on Vila Franca do Campo’s marina, the Associação de Classe do Bote Baleeiro Açoreano [Whaling Boat Association] works to study, preserve, value and promote whaling culture and its maritime heritage. It gathers researchers, and people passionate about sports, the sea, and traditional shipbuilding. The association offers adult rowing and sailing lessons, recreating the whaling boat as a resource that connects the Azoreans to the sea. They intend to recontextualise these traditional structures as living museums now used as social, cultural, and touristic development tools.