I’m a self-taught Brazilian photographer. 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.
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 bought two more modern ones, a Nikon D500 and some lenses and a Fujifilm X100T. I’m very happy with these two 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.
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.
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.
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“.