Carlos's Pics

From pirate ships to nostalgic images, discover IT Support Carlos Borrageiro's favourites from the archive​​

What is your role at Bridgeman?

I provide IT support for Bridgeman Images. As a part of the IT team some of my responsibilities involve looking after servers and services in our different offices along with looking after the IT requirements of Bridgeman staff on and off site. This tends to involve a lot of troubleshooting, maintenance and requires me to liaise with developers and staff alike.

What do you love most about the job?

My position offers me the opportunity to wear many hats and encounter a lot of different technologies within different areas. This provides a refreshing feel when coming to work as it’s constant exposure to what is current and relevant to what is happening in the fast and ever-changing world of IT. Another aspect I love equally is being able to help people resolve any related issues they may have.

What do you like about the industry?

I have had little in terms of client exposure in my role, but I have come to experience some beautiful and moving art. What really impressed me is the sheer size of our archive and its vast origins.

As a child growing up in South Africa to a Portuguese family who still currently live 10 minutes away from sunny Sun City, I tend to find myself a bit homesick. Having a look at some of the many images we have in our archive presents me with a convenient way to take me back in time. Most of my favourite images are those that I feel relate to events in my life.

Carlos Borrageiro, IT Support
Portuguese caravel of Vasco da Gama (b/w photo) / © SZ Photo 



Portuguese Caravel

I’m not sure if it’s the fisherman or pirate in me, but this image has such an attraction to me.

There is just so much in this image that I feel I can relate to; the need to explore, discover and the impact the small things have in the future.


Ships Off Flamborough Head

Same theme, although this is my favourite image. Apart from the affinity I have for boats and dark cloudy mornings, this reminds me of the painting my brother bought with his first wages - for my mother to put on a large empty white wall that was in our TV room. This now resides in his house in Madeira. I was a lot less thoughtful and purchased a clothes basket. A small family tradition.

Engagement Between the "Bonhomme Richard" and the "Serapis" off Flamborough Head, 1779, Richard Willis / Guardian Royal Exchange Insurance Collection
Suspense, poster, Charles Burton Barber (1845-94) / Private Collection 


Cats and Dogs

I usually start a test on our website with “Cats and dogs”, over a period of 2 years this image has come to be one I’m fond of seeing. I may not know much about the image, but it brings a funny chuckle every time.

It’s an image that is both eye-catching and a bit of a reminder of when my niece used to come over and play on the weekends. All the tricks and games we used to play. And all the sandwiches I would get her to make for me then aged 5, telling her that she was good at it, and not that I was too lazy to make one myself.

 A story that she still remembers to this day.


The Best Comedy Western

Not only is this a still from one of my favourite movies of all time (Trinity is Still My Name), but arguably one of the best scenes in a comedy western.

As a ritual, most weekends as a child were spent watching comedy with family and my dad falling asleep on the chair half way through.

Trinity is Still My Name / Photo © Collection CSFF
Just Lily, Neela Pushparaj





Just Lily

This reminds me of my mother and her garden.


Aerobatics and Ambitions

Living on a farm meant we had different sources of entertainment, one of which was a nearby airfield where small airplanes and helicopters would often do tricks for shows every weekend.

My brother has since gone on to obtain his pilots license, his dream. Egging me on to go after mine, he purchased my first computer for me at age 14. I dismantled it a couple of months later out of curiosity.

 Rothmans Aerobatic Team / Buff Film & Video Library

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