“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Jim Rohn.

 

Since an early beginning, the camera was a passport to approach the unknown, a tool against my pain to speak to the outer world. Behind the lens, I feel less intimidate, hidden, creating and controlling my own game. The person in front, as part of that moment, is also controlling his/her game, therefore we are both confortably “playing in our own backyard”.

Background usually tells us more about the person, that the expression itself. They are in their “territory” and we emphasis together. Symbiosis and emotion with the subject is a vital key when photographing. People need to let you in, with body language or eye contact…

These portraits are not staged pictures, instead, are a pause of moments shared with them. After a while, the camera disappear beneath us and magic moments are created. I just need to push the button.

This is a never ending project with people all around the globe who were or are important to me. People that widen my world and points of view.

 

Pictures were made with an Hasselblad XPAN, Kodak Tri-X and Ilford HP5+ film.