I was born and grew up in Minas Gerais – Brazil, which is where my love for photography began. As a child, my dad would take pictures on vacation with his simple “point and shoot” Kodak. Back then that was all the equipment we had - and a film was too expensive, but we made the best of it and so my passion began.
In 1999 I moved to the United States and ended up in the NY/NJ region where I met some friends that introduced to more “modern” photography technology. Years later I found myself in Arizona surrounded again by excellent friends (and amateur photographers), Scott Taft, Michael Otter, and Merrill Jackson; your continued support is much appreciated.
In my early days, I found myself drawn to HDR due to the inspiring works of Joel Grimes, David Nightingale, Ben Wilmore, Kay Gaensler, Chris Jones, Mike Olbinski and others. My love for photography took off when I was given a DSLR camera which has allowed me to bring all the colors and beautiful contrast that I was seeing to print.
All my pictures are post-processed. Some say my work is “artistic, edgy, and sophisticated”, and I am totally fine with that because that is my intended goal – to start with a photograph and transform it into a visual art creation. Many purists say “a photograph ceases to be a photograph when it is digitally manipulated through software”. But the same logic can be used to darkroom manipulation on film photography. I think there is no right answer; each one has its unique beauty. I never called myself a “photographer”, but a better description would be “mixed media and visual artist.”