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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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