During the past years, I captured a significant number of different images through my lenses. Behind any picture, a different story to tell. Sometimes a planned shoot, but in other cases, the perfect moment just appears in front of me. At that moment you need to be prepared and be wise and quick. No matter with kind of equipment you have on your hands. I always said it’s not the camera which gives you a good shoot. Are the photographer and his view of the world the responsible to create a great image.
Great inspiration from my work comes from Sebastiao Salgado. I think he is one of the most fascinating photographers out there. He started off as an economist and then turned to photography when he realized that images had more power than numbers to inform people about the world, its issues, and to inspire people to make a difference.
When he was a university student, Sebastiao Salgado studied economics in Brazil and got heavily immersed in politics. This was a dangerous time– as there was a military coup in 1964 and another coup in 1968. Students were being tortured and killed, and he was able to leave Brazil for France with Lélia (his wife).
In France, he studied for his Ph.D. and worked for a coffee organization that brought him to travel to Africa. On one of his trips to Africa, his wife Lélia gave him a camera (Pentax Spotmatic with a 50mm lens), and it changed his life.
Salgado began his career as a professional photographer in 1973 in Paris, working with the photo agencies Sygma, Gamma, and Magnum Photos until 1994. He has travelled in over 100 countries for his photographic projects. Most of these, besides appearing in numerous press publications, have also been presented in books such as Other Americas (1986), Sahel: l’homme en détresse (1986), Sahel: el fin del camino (1988), Workers (1993), Terra (1997), Migrations and Portraits (2000), and Africa (2007). Touring exhibitions of this work have been, and continue to be, presented throughout the world.
Sebastião Salgado has been awarded numerous major photographic prizes in recognition of his accomplishments. He is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and an honorary member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences in the United States.
Through his pictures, I learned that the ideology or “style” you have in your photos should be less about the machine and more about how you see the world. What is important to you? What are you trying to say about society through your images?
To use the famous words of the American writer Mark Twain “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Go out and explore your photography now. Go farther, deeper and discover your purpose. Capture and share your world! DREAM IT + FRAME IT
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