How did I get into photography
One of these days an art critic asked me how I did I became interested in photography! It is one of those pocket questions for which we think we have the answer on the tip of the tongue, but it is sometimes more difficult than it seems. Of course we all know the answer. Usually, “is a passion that awakened early”, because a family member liked or like to photograph, because we want to immortalize moments, give voice to certain causes, make known beauties and horrors, etc..
How was it with me? How did I get into photography?
As a child I have been just bitten by the bug! Just after been bitten by it, I became interested in photography as the child that all photographers should be: the curious look in the ceaseless discovery of what we look at, but we don’t truly see. The willingness to see reality in a different way, the one that is only visible as a product of the photographic camera. For example, the time shown in the picture (recorded movement in the form of a “blur”) is provided only in photography. My live music photos or the Threads of Life series are to me the best examples. This is something that captivates me, it always surprises me and only photography can give me!
The bug stung me when I was about 7 years, more or less. In fact, don’t know why and it just doesn’t matter, someone offered me a bireflex camera. I don’t even knew what it was and never got any picture with it. But I liked to see through it! It was a toy. It disappeared in time. Psychologically this “toy” that stood between me and reality may ultimately constitute a defensive line of mine “I” before the world.
I think this is my biggest interest in photography: to be my defense of others and, simultaneously, the form of revealing mine I to the world! Contradictory? Perhaps. “ Living is to be in contradiction ”, said Sarte, therefore I do not worry about it.
While adolescent without means to buy a camera, I photographed with borrowed compact cameras. For a long time I was a “seasonal” photographer with a Yashica Electro 35 G.
I photographed on holidays, especially family and one or another photographic adventure! Only much later age and recently in time (1999) I was able to buy my first SLR in 2003 and make first professional photography course and a photographic aesthetics course at Oficina da Imagem. Then I saw the cosmos and I began a journey in which I could put into practice some ideas, attending workshops and other courses and devote more time to photography. I don’t identify myself in traditional photography. I look for alternatives.
Basically, I do not take pictures, I like to do them!