Even a distracted observer will eventually come to realize that everything is constantly transforming in nature. Change seems to occur in two directions: developing, evolving, expanding, then contracting, regressing, dissolving. This dichotomy, however, is an illusion: everything is already dying the moment it is born. Documenting the perfect lines and vivid colors of a flower that is opening brings attention to the “uphill” trajectory of change, but if we look closer, we might see blemishes, discoloration, and scars, signaling that the “opposite direction” of change is already in place.
In my photography, I endeavor to bring awareness to transmutation in nature. To that end, I portray the elusive, ever changing light in the landscape, and other ephemeral forms and subjects that are past their prime, are incomplete, asymmetrical and/or have missing parts. My effort to incorporate the signs of impermanence in my artistic expression, instead trying to hide or to avoid them, complements and gives meaning to my personal journey: trying to come to terms with my own mortality, aging, imperfections, and the imperfections in my own work.
I use a digital camera to capture my images and process them using software. I often work in black and white, to eliminate the distraction of color, and use light and tones to direct the viewers’ attention to the form, shape, and texture of my subjects. Occasionally, I use computer programs to actively degrade my files to make them look old, worn out and give them a vintage feel.
In my childhood, I was surrounded by the green, wide leaves, large roots, and exquisite flowers of my hometown, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). Today, I realize that it was the flora of my hometown that inspired me to look closer, and many years later, to pursue botanical imagery as an important artistic outlet. Currently, I live in sunny California.
I am a biology major, and it was in graduate school that I was introduced to the arts. I first learned to illustrate insects for my scientific publications and later, with the advent of digital photography, I started taking macro photographs of my subjects. Mastering the camera, and post-processing techniques for my work, freed me to embark on my artistic journey, the partial results of which are found on this site.
I present my work in projects on my Adobe Portfolio. I usually produce from 10-15 variations on the same theme, then I move on to another series.
GeoGalleries holds my botanical images, where I explore the beauty, exquisiteness and sensual curves of plants.
I write about my artistic process in my WordPress blog, which contains the story behind many of the pieces I have on sale.