I bought my first camera in Vienna, in the winter of 1997. But it was only in 2004, when I bought my first digital SLR, that I really dived into photography and learned how to properly use a camera and to see the world through its viewfinder.
I am completely self-thought, never had photography classes nor attended any workshop. My knowledge comes first from my own experience in the field, but also from reading several books and magazines, studying hundreds of pictures and participate in active online communities where people criticize your work, share tips and push you further. My first passions were travel, architecture and street photography.
From 2008 I am solely devoted to natural landscape photography.
I love vast empty spaces and pure silence. But in the last years I learned to love the heaven beneath my feet and the intimate delicacy of nature. I am also keen on warm colors although my favorite color is blue. The ocean still is my playground of choice but I also dream about forests, meadows and mountains, specially when covered in white.
When I set on a journey to record a place, I rarely look at images from that location. I like to create a vision on my own and rarely study others work to be inspired. That rewards me with unique photos usually different from the rest of the crowd.
An intense sense of depth is also associated with my work, mainly when I photograph the big scene. That comes from my passion about space. But lately, I am more intereset in portraying small and more intimate scenes. Scenes that make you wonder and question yourself.
I aim to create a long journey inside my pictures and invite the viewer – you – to stroll inside it or just to linger a bit by its side. In the end, that’s what rewards me the most.
Awards & Publications
I have published my photos in a number of Portuguese magazines and newspapers as well in a major Czech photo magazine. I also won awards for my landscape photographs. My first solo exhibition took place in England in 2009 and since then I made two more solo exhibitions and two group ones in the context of the Primeira Luz project.
Canon EOS 7D Mark II and 5D Mark III, Fujifilm X-T1
Canon 17-40mm f/4, 24-105mm f/4 IS, 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II L series lenses
Fujinon 23mm f/1.4, 56mm f/1.2, 18-55mm f/2.8-4 XF lenses
Lee and Hitech ND and Gradient ND filters
Heliopan and Sigma polariser filters
Manfrotto 055CXPRO4 and 190PROB tripods