Applying a style

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How would you describe your general style?

I have a strong taste for low key black and white. However, I’m photographing lots of aerial landscapes that I prefer in colors. 

What inspired you to take up urban and landscape photography?

The powerful style of Jean-Michel Berts is a daily source of inspiration and learning. I consider him the best in black and white fine art. I really like to take urban shots in perspective and convert them to black and white, turn the sky into black and apply luminous retouch along the photo. The landscape is different. Depending of the light (and my mood) I turn the photo to a very low key black and white or let it in colors. The subject I like more is the sea, especially when the waves hit rocks and cliffs.

Any special skills and equipment that you would consider essential when photographing architecture?

I think paying attention in what surrounds you is the golden skill. Taking a time to stop by and look up for a while in all kind of ordinary places reveals another face or the cities. I’m still not a pro architecture photographer, but I consider an wide angle lenses is a must have. 

What do you feel is the most challenging aspect about your type of photography that you do?

Create something really touching to catch the audience. I feel the challenge is making someone who sees my work to pay attention as I do, get all the details as I do, see what I see, spent more time looking at.

Once the photograph has been taken, it is time for the next stage in your work. How would you describe this final phase?

This is the hard work. I make use of the post processing tools to fill the image with my feelings. Applying a style (or more) is the way to instigate the audience to see the world with my eyes.   

What new projects have taken you in new direction and challenged you creatively?

Drone shots. This devices give us a kind of freedom we didn't have until now. Different and odd angles, impossible points of view and new perspectives. For me (at least) all this innovations is so amazing that sometimes is hard to pay attention and compose nicely a photograph. All the places I already been are now a new place.

Tell us about some of the cities and places you’ve captured over the year

I live in Santa Catarina (south of Brazil). There are many natural beauties nearby as beaches and mountains. Combination of rock formations with low tide and long exposure results in beautiful and dramatic landscapes. We also have cities with high and moderns buildings. In some places a fight between nature and urbanisation takes place creating a nice contrast to photograph.  

Are there role models, influences, which inspire your work? 

Ansel Adams is an inspiration for landscape and black and white, also for his work and his thoughts about photography - “The final image is “seen” in the mind’s eye before the photo is taken, toward the goal of achieving all together the aesthetic, intellectual, spiritual, and mechanical effects desired”.

What do you enjoy most about being a photographer? 

Taking photos is fun. I like to create some impact with the final image. For this, perspectives, different points of view, long exposures and multiple exposures can change the way people see the places and subjects. So this is what I enjoy most - show something through my eyes. 

How would you rate advertising your work via publishing in magazines and social networking? Do you think it was part of your success?

Publishing is an essential part of the job and is the key for success; as you says “Being Publish Matters”. Without the magazines and social networking I would not be seen.

Thank you Rodrigo for taking the time to do this interview.
We are happy to welcome you on board among other photographers.
Your photography is very valuable in this community and very beneficial for our readers.
Camerapixo Team

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