We photograph what and who we are. The ways in which I see things and who I am are shaped by my experiences. Photography is a way for me to connect with my spirituality, and highlights my relationship towards the betterment of the world. It fortifies my relationship with nature. Photography, specifically macro photography, helps me value the beauty of our world in its grand scheme and in its smallest and most trivial things. Photography also leads me to reflect on human and nature connectedness and my own journey: What is my fully developed potential and how do I develop it? How do I direct my positive life energy and my creativity towards making a difference in other lives? How do I address my compassion towards others with more meaningful actions? What is my true responsibility towards the issues I encounter around me? What is my commitment towards the social inequalities and discriminations I see? What is the relevance of my life priorities? How do I honor my heritage? Those are some of the questions I reflect upon in my periods of introspection and through my photography.
I am far from a purist and do not have only one photographic style. My pictures are manipulated to match my vision; therefore, I could be considered a Fine Art Photographer. Software programs help me with my post-processing: Lightroom, CC, NIK, TOPAZ, among others. I am inspired and influenced by many photographers, but my greatest admiration is for photojournalists like Sebastião Salgado, Steve McCurry, James Nachtwey, Brent Stirton, and others. I am moved by their courage to tell stories that must be told and document realities that need to be recorded, and I am grateful for their incomparable fierceness and generosity. They put their lives at risk by going into places most people wouldn’t dare in order to capture the essence of their stories and fulfill their responsibilities, which is to evoke an emotion and spark a response that would contribute to society’s betterment. Their work compels me to reconnect with my heritage. In the near future, I envision myself going back to the Amazon and photographing my people’s realities.
I love photography for many reasons. It can raise consciousness through pushing us to see things differently, to pay attention. Images are powerful. Their power lies in the fact that they can transport us to places not previously visited, allowing us to dream by carrying us to worlds beyond ours. There are multiple stories and truths in every picture; however, they ultimately tell a single story—the story of humanity and all of its complexities and splendor.