TELL ME ABOUT THE MOMENT YOU DECIDED TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER?
It wasn’t exactly a “moment”, but a sequence of moments. I’ve always loved taking photos, loved just walking in the neighborhood looking for beauty, different perspectives and views from the ordinary, a beam of light where no one was looking, looks in people’s eyes, so many details… and trying to reproduce those in a way people could sense the feeling in the photo. For many years It was more of a hobby, a way to unwind. With all the ungratifying work at the law firm, I felt a growing need to just go out and take photos.
I used to ride around in the city bus carrying my camera in my backpack. I always saw interesting people and situations, but I could never get the courage to approach people and ask if I could take a photo. One day, at the Mussurunga bus station, I saw a child, a little girl about 2 years old, with a very expressive look in her eyes. So, I breathed deeply and gathered the courage to ask if it would be ok to take her photo.
There I learned a great lesson, a lesson on how amazing photos can be every and anywhere, all you need is the courage and tranquility to go for it. Of course, you can receive a NO in your face, but if you don’t ask you will never get a YES.
So, one day, with the support of people I love, I quit the law firm and embraced my passion, dedicating my time, creativity and energy to that which I love.