Me and photography

I’m a self-taught Brazilian photographer.

I’m more a kind of an “On-The-Road” photographer than any thing else.

Photography, artistically speaking, expresses itself to me as a way of seeing the world, of showing myself to the world with all my virtues and defects; to express not only all my dreams, but also my mishaps, my mistakes, insecurities and nightmares. A way to rescue and reconstruct my past. The things I did and the things I couldn’t do. Photography is the oxygen I need to breathe. Photography is my medicine.

Sampa Set2018a-1-2
Street photography. São Paulo. 2018.
1a Tucurui Fuji Superia 100 Fev 1988
Hydroelectric dam of Tucuruí, PA-Brasil.
2 BArbearia Se Chiquinho Sao Carlos SP Brasil 2016
Mr. Chiquinho barbershop. São Carlos, SP-Brasil. 2016.

I’ve been a photographer since I was young. At age 15-16 I bought a small used analog camera. An Olympus Trip. After that, I had two other analogues, one Pentax K1000 and one Minolta STR100X. Years later I switched to digital. I had several small point and shoot. And more recently I habe been working with three more modern cameras, a Nikon D500 and some lenses, a Fujifilm X100T and Panasonic Lumix LX100II. I’m very happy with these cameras. Very recently I returned to film photography by retrieving 2-3 old analog cameras and scanning new and old negatives. I believe that film photography will live well with digital.

Santos SP Out2016a-
Port of Santos-SP, Brazil. Oct2016.
Street car in Santos, SP-Brasil. Oct2016
Street Car in Santos, SP-Brasil. Oct2016.
Povo da Amazônia Porto Rio Negro (2) 2005
Port of Manaus, Amazonia-Brasil.

I photographed over 50 years of everything, always as an amateur. I photographed a lot of nature. Landscapes, flora and fauna.

I was a professor and researcher at the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar) for about 45 years in the area of ​​Environmental Chemistry. As my retirement rapidly approached, I decided to practice again and to study photography with greater strength and focus. My biggest interest in photography in these past 6-8 years is in street photography. And, in this genre, I have a greater interest in portraits, everyday street scenes and architecture.

Moriyamando 16 (1 of 1)
Empty subway at São Paulo, SP-Brasil.

I see photography as a great form of artistic expression. I am more interested in the poetic side of photography than in the photojournalistic side.

Solitude Sampa (34) (1 of 1)
At the subway, São Paulo, SP-Brasil.
Sr. João Chacreiro Posto Gasolina Rochedo (6) 09_13Out19 (1 of 1)
Project: Portraits of a profound Brasil. Rochedo, MS-Brasil. 2019.
Sr. João Chacreiro Posto Gasolina Rochedo 09_13Out19 (1 of 1)
Project: Portraits of a profound Brasil. Rochedo, MS-Brasil. 2019.
Casa Branca Colheita Cebola Roxa NIKON (121) 06Set19 (1 of 1)
Project: Portraits of a profound Brasil. Casa Branca, SP.
Casa Branca Colheita Cebola Roxa NIKON (106) 06Set19 (1 of 1)
Project: Portraits of a profound Brasil. Casa Branca, SP.

Adapting a phrase from the great Brazilian poet Ferreira Gullar who said that “art exists because life is not enough“, I would say that for me “photography exists because life is not enough“.

Moon over the mountain. Serra da Canastra. Brasil.
New Topographics of the interior of São Paulo state, Brasil.
Path.
New Topographics of the interior of São Paulo state, Brasil.
New Topographics of the interior of São Paulo state, Brasil.
New Topographics of the interior of São Paulo state, Brasil.
Semi-abandoned hotel and gas station, Carmo de Minas, MG-Brazil.