I use photography as a means of self-expression and self-knowledge. It involves passion and enthusiasm. Besides shooting stage, since 2005 I have photographed city streets such as Rio de Janeiro and New York. It is in the midst of these cities’ chaos I find the peace I need for shooting everyday life.
As said in the nineteenth century by the Brazilian writer, João do Rio, in his book The Enchanting Soul Of The Streets… “the streets are full of sweat in the mortar of your pavement”. This is what I want to show in my pictures – the grittiness that is an inherent part of the soul of a community. Photographing everyday people on the street inspires my curiosity and helps me understand myself within their context. I shoot as a means to interact with people, and to express my interpretation of their world. I use photography as a medium in order to better express my feelings and point of view.
I shoot in both color and black and white. In black and white, I find myself. It shows a sensitive and interference-free world. I see color in monochrome images, filled with texture, volume, and different tones of gray.
My choice for a particular subject is related to the intensity and poetic beauty that the scene conveys. This does not mean I only shoot beauty in the conventional ways. Poetry is found in pain, sorrow, and suffering as well as in social injustice and indifference.
Robert Frank and Richard Sandler influence me. I am drawn to artists that photograph with a minimalist sensibility in contrast to what is more often seen in society. I immerse myself in an interior world to inspire and document a story that would otherwise be lost in a blink if there were not black boxes.