Man observes the oceanic horizon of São Conrado beach, Rio de Janeiro. April 2018.
Yesterday was a very cool day. I was recording a video for the Jornal do Brasil, in an event that is happening in the port of the city. It is a meeting of the navies of the Latin American countries, where frigates from different countries meet in a public exhibition, with the aim of strengthening the ties of friendship between countries. Between one video and another I was able to make some photographs, and I confess that I had more fun with the stills. 🙂 I have not updated for some time and my instagram and neither blog. I do not always find time to just shoot photography, since my life now revolves around videos. Which, of course, makes me very happy, but photography is also a great passion.
I’m at a good time in my life. I’m pretty focused on what I have to do, and I feel free. My only responsibility is to evolve in what I do, in what I love to do – images. I’m where I wanted to be, and to continue being like this depends on me and on my evolution. Aware that nothing is forever and that everything is in motion. I just have to watch out and give my best. These photos are just a few random places I had to be during this week for a shoot. While filming, I tryed to make some pictures too. I turned a kind of youtuber (only behing the camera) to a local newspaper. My new profession seems to me to be very modern. I were hired to filming, interviewing and editing. I spend the days chasing stories about the city and interesting people. All that I wanted to do.
I was yesterday for the first time at the carnival parade here in Rio de Janeiro. I went to shoot a video for a job, but I ended up taking some photos too. This week I intend to be able to post some others. My angles of the track were a bit limited, in the sense of being the same all night but I tried to find some details that caught my attention, like this woman who ended up becoming a friendship during the parade. It was fun 🙂
I’ve been using the VSCO application prests to retouch my images, but this morning after this shoot, when I tested the different filters directly from my phone, I did not like the final look at all. I was really enjoying using this app for the ease of downloading the images from camera to my phone by wifi, but I soon realized that the lightroom is irreplaceable. The work to achieve the desired tonality is greater, so spend more time retouching the photos, but now I am sure that no mobile application can achieve the result that the lightroom can. The original photo is very different from this. I really liked that result. It’s a simple image, but I like to work lately with a soft color palette and low contrast.
Here in the neighborhood, besides the lack of urban infrastructure that I am trying to capture as seen in the previous posts, we can also find some beautiful scenery. The Pedra da Gávea is one of the most enjoyable tours in the region. Now in the summer, however, I do not feel like doing the hike that leads to the summit because the strong heat can make this activity something close a torture! In the winter, instead, in the middle of the year, I like to walk through this forest. This post is my entry to the photo challenge Tour Guide .
My photographic wanderings continue to portray the same space as the last posts, that is, those around my neighborhood here in the western zone of Rio de Janeiro. I think it will continue this way until I can come up with better shots of ideas of light and composition. To capture a more elaborate light the photographer has to know at what time it will touch on a certain surface, what kind of shadow and contrast it will generate. Of course I’m always open for this moment, when this encounter with the perfect light occurs spontaneously. The moment I realize that I’m in the right place at the right time so I do not miss the opportunity to shoot! But it’s not always so. So photography also requires planning. As I’ve been saying, these posts are not planned. These images are the result of my random passages through the streets.
I do not really see myself as an artist. I am like a promise that is never fulfilled. Someone is always in the learning stage. This week I might print this landscape here from Rio de Janeiro. Just to remember that this city has beautiful curves when we look only for them … good week to all!
Until recently I only wanted to make photographs of landscapes, highly elaborated, technically beautiful. Suddenly I realized that because of this, I was shooting very little. Landscape photography requires large displacements, and at the moment of my life, I have to stay right here in my city. It was then that, two weeks ago or so I went out with the camera and happened to photograph the things I saw. Since then I’ve never stopped. I’m addicted to going out with the camera daily and photographing the streets and people. The result is that I’m not producing very elaborate images, but at least I’m shooting every day. My big question today is if this, for my personal portfolio in instagram it is healthy. I used to post only my best pictures. Now I am a little freer from this self-imposition. Before I wanted to give a more consistent look to my landscape production, but it occurred to me that I posted much less. By a suggestion of a reader here in the blog I created a specific account for this type of image more uncompromising, and I’m posting … The result of this experience is that I find myself in a crisis of identity, that is, in the impossibility of doing the photos that I really like, the one of landscapes, I went to make photos of the streets made almost in any way. On the one hand I find it healthy to photograph daily and post on instagram and here on the blog, on the other, my work is getting less elaborate. It is up to me now to try to find a middle ground between producing more consistent images, mainly in terms of ideas of light and framing, while maintaining a periodicity in terms of publication … I hope I am not charging too much
Here in Rio de Janeiro we are at the carnival. It’s a time of year when the whole city seems to be in a frenzy, in an ecstasy, people go crazy, driven by alcohol and drugs. When I got up in the morning I decided to take a look at this climate of the city, maybe it would give me some good pictures. Upon arriving at the beach of Ipanema there was a crowded crowd, drinking caipirinhas, vodka, beer, smoking … I went alone. Walking around the streets, I tried to listen to somebody else’s conversation, trying to understand where all that happiness really came from. I realized there was a reason everyone was dressed up … I felt like a fish out of water. The sun was burning on my shoulders and I decided to sit on a waterfront kiosk and drink some coconut water (where this picture was taken). Since I did not like the party, I realized that I would not be able to get good pictures. It is necessary to flow with the environment. It was not my case today.