Just another day over here. I took this shot this afternoon. It’s being fun to have my camera always with me. I go to the streets looking for some new gaze into the ordinary things. The same old story…this thing to find something new among ordinary… I mean, It is an old story of photography, but everyone see a different thing every moment. That is why photography is so special.
Maybe you that follows my blog have seen this landscape before. Actually the Arpoador is a cliché of the city, that is, not only in my blog, but in any postcard or reference to Rio de Janeiro. I was passing nearby and I finally decided to use the variable ND filter I had bought months ago for a long exposure photography. I tried six or seven shots, and curiously the first one was the best. [ISO 50 – F22 – 28mm – 20 sec]. But I soon realized that I have a lot to improve on this long exposure technique. I still need to understand the best weather conditions and the best time. I noticed that the cloud displacement could end up spoiling the photo. In this case here, it gave an effect that I consider the limit of acceptable; the others were a bit ugly when it came to capturing the movement of the clouds. Which leads me to think that a day of complete clear or completely cloudy skies are better components for this type of photography. I want to study this subject further.
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!
Robert Capa has a book called ‘Slightly Out of Focus’ in which he advocates that his photography style, while not technically perfect, was about what his colleague Cartier Bresson was saying – to capture the decisive moment. These two photographers serves as a means of insipiration for this series of images that I have been producing since last week, between my house and the subway station that I do daily in an old bus that passes here by my neighborhood. Far from any comparison with the two masters of photography, my inspiration refers only in the sense that I am aware that these images are far from being a technical perfection – I would not mention the composition aspect. However, I believe they have something that captures an immediate sense, catch a moment that I believe, over the years, will gain a certain strength – at least in my memory – but also, may serve as a record of an era here from my neighborhood. I’m not saying that there will be many people interested in this, who knows? But what motivates me in producing and presenting these images is, above all, my desire to practice photography on a daily basis, in a less ambitious way. The meaning of this blog is precisely this, to record this practice to try to perceive some evolution over time.
Variations on a Theme
Today I went to pick up the second frame of the series that I have been working titled ‘minimal landscapes’. Although it is not a very cheap process – printing and framing – the pleasure of seeing your photograph as a decorative object, ready to compose an environment, a room, an office, is something very satisfying. I want to keep doing this. In this case, I will even put the picture on sale. I am in an online store here in Brazil, but if I have the luck and the privilege of an interested party from abroad that would like to purchase the work, please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com or whtapp + 55 21 9 8412 5364 – paypal accepted:)
Men working hard and risking the dismantling of a Christmas tree … sooner than ever … Rio, January 2018
Here is my first print and framed photo of my series titled “minimal landscape”, where I explore a kind of clean and unsatured landscape pictures. I had this idea after realizing that the vast majority of landscape photographers nowadays explore images with a lot of saturation and dynamic range. I wanted to do something different. I wanted to work in minimalist shades and tonalities because considering these photographs as objects of decoration for rooms and environments in general, it is much more pleasant to present images, say, simpler as to the volume of information in the frame, as well as in the range of shades .. . This series is still being produced. I posted some time ago other images of this work. Anyone interested in having one of these pictures on their wall, do not hesitate to contact me. firstname.lastname@example.org / wtsapp +5521984125364
Variations on a Theme