About me

I have always been fascinated by the natural world and nature is where I find inspiration. I am a biologist, conducting research on insects, and it was through this profession that I was introduced to the arts. In graduate school, I learned to illustrate insects and later, with the advent of digital photography, I started taking macro photographs of them for scientific publications. About five years ago, I embarked on an artistic photography journey, the partial results of which are depicted in my blog and portfolio. Most of my work is in black and white portraying botanical subjects, foggy landscapes and the ocean.

I was born and grew up in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but now I live in Sacramento, California. Like many contemporary photographers, I have learned photography from several sources, including workshops, peers, friends, You-tube videos and books. I use a variety of Nikon cameras and lenses to obtain my photographs, which I process using a variety of software and post-processing techniques. 

I hope you enjoy my work and my blog, and please do not hesitate to post your comments and questions.

Copyright Notice: The photographs and text on this site are the property of Alessandra Chaves. You may not use them without written permission.

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