Let’s talk a bit about the surrounding area of Santos. Can you tell us about this community, the landscape and the feelings they evoke?
My childhood with my great-grandmother was phenomenal. Apart from enjoying the beachfront gardens, we used to walk along the canals during the sunset and watch the dimming sunlight seeping through the buildings, reflecting on the water.
Another fun activity was visiting the fish market near the ferry that connects Santos to Guarujá. I used to go there with my parents to buy fish and loved the hustle and bustle — the women were the ones doing all the selling while the men kept bringing fish and seafood to refill the stalls.
How does your relationship to Santos change through photography?
When you visit any city as a photographer, it’s like a voyeur paying attention to the little details, and it wasn’t any different with Santos. As a matter of fact, I had the chance to capture the gardens using a drone for the first time, and it gave me a whole new perspective of its design, colors and size.
How do you prefer to travel in Santos? Does this impact how you capture and experience the city?
There’s no better way to capture the essence of Santos than to walk around it. I enjoy listening to conversations, observing people’s lives and how they interact with each other. You just can’t do that if you’re driving a car.
Can you tell us a bit about your creative community? What does community mean to you?
Community for me is a mix of coexistence and sustainability. People need to be able to live with each other peacefully and also respect nature. In the professional world, I see it pretty much in the same way — it’s about being ethical. I always try to give back to the community by hosting two photography workshops a month, in all Brazilian states.