As the years have passed, many other books (and movies) kept helping me to see life in a wide, humble, curious and compassionate way.
I wanted to make a positive change in society, which seemed very inequitable to me, so studying Law made perfect sense.
However, disappointed by the Brazilian Law system and aware of this inner call for wandering through different cultures, after five years of study, I got my diploma and was ready to explore the world so off to South Africa I went.
Doing a Masters in "Human Ecology and Contemporary Social Issues" at the Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal, was an opportunity I could not refuse, and I am glad I didn't. It solidified my holistic understanding of the intrinsic relations between Nature, Culture and Society, and I am not afraid to say that my work as a travel photojournalist highly benefits from this broad perception.
Photography became a profession only in February 2013, when I joined i7, a photography agency located in Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil.
After an amazing year with them, it was time to discover Asia and try to build my own path as a freelance photographer. For two years, I was based in Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh, but my work there took me to many countries in the region: The Philippines, Laos, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Timor Leste, China and India.
I had an absolutely wonderful time there and I feel very fortunate for having had the chance to experience (and photograph) that beautiful kaleidoscope of stories, cultures, colors, landscapes and traditions.
From March to July 2016, I cycled over 5,000km from Bogota (Colombia) to Lima (Peru), an adventure that profoundly changed me for better.
I might be a dreamer, but I certainly would not be living such a wonderful adventure for the past eight years if I had not dreamed - and believed in my skills, hard work and perseverance to make my dreams come true. So I take that as a compliment. Thank you, mom! :)
And as Thoreau once wrote: "It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see".
My mom still calls me a dreamer.
"You are like Don Quixote", she is always telling me.
Well, I suppose I am indeed a dreamer. How can I not be, after all, when I grew up surrounded by countless inspiring books?
I remember when my mom gave me "Robinson Crusoe" to read, I was perhaps 14 years old. This was the book that opened my mind to the beauty of diversity and strangeness. The seeds for exploration, adventure and discovery were planted in my heart.
It was there where I woke up to this so far hidden passion of mine: photography.
["Let me take the pictures, I am the one who knows how to take good photos!", it's what I used to tell my mom every time we traveled together with my brothers, during our childhood.]
After almost two years in that gorgeous country, I went back to Brazil a different person. I no longer wanted to work as a lawyer; I wanted to see the world and photograph its many different cultures. And I was already sure by then that photography could also be a very powerful tool in the process of raising awareness and inspiring/promoting positive change.
For the remaining of the year I was based in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, land of Magical Realism and a very rich place in terms of history and cultural influences.
So much so that it was there where I found the inspiration I needed to start writing the novel I am currently working on. I will share more about it on my blog soon...
I am currently in Southern California, USA, exploring the many wonderful natural attractions in the region and intensifying my studies on environmental education.