clouds gives the landscape a special drama

Some more images that I did this week during the trip to the port of Rio de Janeiro. The sky with these clouds gives the landscape a special drama; the late afternoon light just crowned the moment, making one of the most beautiful photographic sessions I’ve done in recent months. I wish I had more time to visit picturesque places and witness late afternoon like this more often.

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Rise/Set

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marines

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.

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riot

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.

Carnival (2)

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 🙂

Present

maybe next print

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!

a new discovery every day

Has been very stimulating for me to leave the house with the camera in hand since last week. In fact, the kind of photography that has always interested me is the landscape. But this type of photography, almost always, requires great displacements, trips, and therefore, the production of them at least in my case, occurs in a much lower rate. So, since last week I decided to work with what I have, that is, my own neighborhood, my own city. I then turned my attention to street photography, as seen in previous posts. I do not think these photos are magnificent from a technical or even an artistic point of view. But in my opinion, and from the feedback I’ve been receiving, they have something interesting because they record a small fraction of the time in a certain space (the Rio das Pedras neighborhood, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) where we can contemplate a certain drama of life of people living in a place with precarious urban infrastructure. Life here is not easy, definitely. The great discovery that I have made when taking the camera daily is that even if the place does not change, that is, even photographed the same streets, the same places, and even the same people every day, there is always something new to see, a new discovery every day, a new look every day. This is amazing. Photography provides a new discovery; the scenes, lights, textures that for me and for most people went unnoticed till then. I find that fascinating. This post is only to complement the previous one, life is in color with a few more photos.

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Puzzled

life is in color

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 🙂 

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Conveyor

Variations on a Theme

slightly out of focus

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.

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Cavity

Variations on a Theme

another street view

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.

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Variations on a Theme

Inkling