I bought my first Pentax at 19 and I started taking pictures of friends and concerts.
At 22 I moved from Sao Paulo, Brazil to London where I studied and practiced photography for another five years.
I remember when I first learnt how to develop my own films. I would spend a whole day in the college darkroom relentlessly working just to get a single picture done - it was exhilarating!
I then went on to earn a degree in Anthropology and Media from Goldsmiths University and also wrote a play. In the meantime the world of photography went through what is arguably one of its biggest changes since the advent of film - the intersection of digital photography, mobile phones and the internet.
I continued photographing live concerts; using up my hard earned little money to buy rolls of film instead of buying proper food. That passion has never left me although with the advent of digital images I became somewhat skeptical of it. Eventually I have learnt to enjoy every aspect of photography even by use of mobile phones.
However I have recently purchased my first Polaroid camera as well as a student version of a Nikon and a Kodak brownie - all for the sake of going back and enjoying using film again.
I do feel a bit overwhelmed by the ubiquity of digital images these days and I worry that the world might become saturated with images. But the role of photography and its relevance in how we document and share both global and personal as well as private and universal experiences shall remain unchallenged - whether virtually or printed on paper.