Things in Rio de Janeiro are getting worst. What a week. A municipal parliament were brutal murdered by uncertain reasons, but is becoming clear that were by her activism against federal intervention in our province. It is a really serious situation. Many demonstrations through all country in memory of Marielle Franco. Tough time.
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 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!
According to the previous post, reality is in black and white, today I went to the city center, and between an appointment and another I took time to make some images. This time I wanted to look at the diferences between working in color and black and white. It’s very hard for me to decide which one I like the most. Certainly, the black and white images carry in themselves a drama that the color has not. In turn, colors reveal the environment more naturally and directly (?) – since monochromatic images are actually an abstraction of reality… My method for achieving this tonality is quite simple. I configure the camera (sony a7) in neutral color mode – in RAW format (always in RAW, I never use JPEG). After I finished shooting, I connect the camera with my cellphone over the wifi (a feature that I really like this camera. I’ve been using it a lot since I discovered it. I have sony a7 recently, after almost a decade with a 550d canon). With the images on the phone I apply the VSCO app filters, and that’s it! This is the way I work with images for instagram or the internet in general. For professional work I certainly have to go through the adobe lightroom and export in tiff format. In the lightroom I also have the VSCO filters, but I use them much less in this software. When I work on my computer, I have a lot more image control, so color correction is much more elaborate than just applying a filter. But as I have been saying, these images that I have presented here on the blog, especially these street series, are very uncompromising, so I feel free to work them out simply as well. Hope you like it. Looking foward to hear your thoughts about your preferences, between color or black and white. For my side, I just can not say what I like most… Geminian feelings over here 🙂
Variations on a Theme
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
Posting another uncompromising series of some photographs taken in between my house and the subway station, in the west side of Rio de Janeiro. This is not about showing extremely elaborate photographs. This series is just a record of what I see during this journey. Most of these images are imperfect in framing and even in exposure. I did not even used the lightroom to handle the highlights and the shadows. I have used a feature that I really like of my Sony A7, which is to transfer the images to my phone, over wifi, and later I apply presets of an app that I like quite a lot, the VSCO. But the point here – after the feedback I received in my previous post – is also to share my feeling in taking these pictures. I am not sure if it is clear in this selection of images, but when I circle around this neighborhood I feel unpleasant sensations of living in a dirty neighborhood with a precarious infra-structure. Transportation here prioritizes the car and the diesel buses , which causes the air, along with other wastes being burned, to be polluted. This worries me, considering my own health. At the same time, this dramatic atmosphere is a fertile field for practicing photography. Walking in this chaotic environment gives me the feeling that many things are happening around me. Every corner seems to be a story.
Variations on a Theme