I was born in Lisbon and started photographing at the age of 20. My passion for photography was due to the amazement I felt when I recognized the ability that the photographs had to tell stories, facts or present beauty in such a reduced space and within 4 edges. At 20 years old I was a somewhat shy and insecure young man and since “photographing is communicating” the practice of photography came to me as a form of communication and a bridge with people, enabling me to have a voice without needing speak. I was never a photography professional.
I like to photograph life as it happens. I like irony, the unusual, humor, trying to look critically in individual, social, political terms, etc., but also to photograph exclusively for aesthetics, beauty, light and shadow. The photographs of the human being in their surrounding, aesthetic or graphic habitat seem to me replicate stages where the actors and the scenarios are constantly changing. In reality, we are all observers, but we are also observed. I like to do photography in a free, multifaceted and eclectic way, trying to have imagination and creativity, without standards and/or rules. I shoot essentially in a discreet way, but also with the consent of the people I sometimes question for presenting some interesting particularity. I send photos or files to the people who request it or the dialogue provides it.
I photograph when I feel like it and I do it without rules and/or itineraries, I prefer the spontaneous and I do not program a time, places, time of light and/or shade. I try to travel twice a year to photograph.
I mainly photograph in an urban environment and travel through international cities to photograph the streets of the world. I like to walk around cities without special goals and just contemplating, observing and getting lost in the streets and paths.
I like people and humanism, I am not racist or sexist, I love democracy and tolerance, I like empathies and constructive interpersonal relationships, using photographic expression to communicate with society through my sensitivity, perspective and opinion about life and the world in a constructive and generous way. In fact, I think I photograph to understand life in general and me in particular. Long live photography!