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 photographer highly benefits from this broad perception.
In 2013 I joined i7 as a Staff Photographer and Assistant Photo Editor.
After an amazing year filled with memorable and learning experiences with them, it was time to further develop my own voice as a photographer, and combine it with my work as an environmentalist.
Based out of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, for two years, I cover a wide range of humanitarian, social and environmental issues 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 decade 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 incredible 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 positive change.
For the remaining of the year I found home 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.
From January 2017 to October 2018 I was based in San Diego, USA, exploring the many wonderful natural attractions in the region, documenting local issues and intensifying my studies on environmental education and climate change.
Following a 6-months, temporary experience in Itacaré (Bahia, Brazil) as an International Consultant and Operations Manager for ETIV do Brazil, my wife Alejandra, our four-legged son Otto and I are currently based in Santa Cruz, California.