The person behind the camera
There is no journey, road, trail, location too far or weather conditions too adverse for me to follow the call and photograph the American Southwest.
The attraction to photography started very early in my life and I had the luck of growing up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Its breathtaking nature was the backdrop for my first experiments in black and white. At age 14 I got my first SLR camera. I processed most films in my school's darkroom. However, the lack of my own darkroom and the immense challenges of developing colored film discouraged me from pursuing this field. Besides, my professional choice was in the health care field.
With my move from Switzerland to California May 2002, its captivating landscapes, the tremendous improvement of digital SLR cameras, as well as the digital darkroom rekindled my old passion for photography. My main areas of interest are landscape, wildlife and nature, especially in the American Southwest. Latter made me move from California to New Mexico end July 2010.
Into the early morning and late night ...
I love moody skies and extreme weather conditions but my favorite time to photograph is dusk and dawn - when you share the space with nature. These early and late moments in the day mean leaving my sleeping bag and tent as early as 3:30am in the summer months or returning to my tent at midnight to be on location when first light is at the right moment. I usually check the weather and moon phase to best judge tide, cloud, sun, moon and star movements before heading off on a photography trip.
The mood and atmosphere in the twilight hours are pure religion. I believe the essence of a good landscape shot comes down to exact composition, timing and light. Applying oneself closely to these fleeting elements are the essential components of any landscape photograph. Mastering these technical aspects is a constant study which I find challenging and rewarding.
Any trips I organize or organize with another photographer are private and non-business. I am a physician by trade and I take people along with me on my trips because I enjoy the company and the opportunity to help people get to know and photograph the Southwest. I do not make a business out of it. My goal is to have a pleasant, safe trip with artistic value photography as a result. We share expenses, gear, ideas, and experiences. We do nothing that would require me or a co-host to be a concessionaire or CUA holder in any federal or state lands we may visit or photograph. We will not be going anyplace on public lands that are not generally open to the public. No photographs you take on public lands may be used to promote the sale or use of a product or service. We will not do any "commercial filming" as defined in the Code of Federal Regulations nor will we do any "still photography" that would require a permit from any agency administering any public land which we photograph.
We will respect nature, leave only footprints where we are allowed to leave footprints, and take only our images, memories, and friendships home with us.