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  • The moment I took my first photo

  • I knew this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.

  • I think the main worry we must have when we photograph

  • is to obtain the best images possible

  • in the right moment, in the moment of the click.

  • Taking pictures of strangers on the street in a way that it's obvious

  • is a nerve-wrecking, scary job.

  • Portugal is really different from where I have been to around the world

  • and everything here inspires me.

  • My photos change from "this my lifestyle"

  • to travelling and seeing the world through my eyes.

  • Being able to travel opened up many doors.

  • I see many things, and it has changed my perspective of the world.

  • So I wanted to share that with my friends and family

  • because there are a lot of people that have never seen stuff like this.

  • My philosophy of photographing is to just capture what you like.

  • At the end of the day all the photos are for you.

  • If you just try to impress people you lose sight of photography.

  • You should only take photos for yourself because that's what you like to do.

  • This impresses people.

  • Always think back to why you have started photography,

  • why you appreciate it

  • and be yourself instead of someone else.

  • It pushes me to continue doing things like this.

  • Not just for people to travel but also to inspire people to do what they love.

  • Part of the experience is that in my head

  • there is this running monologue of justifying myself.

  • So I spend the whole day rationalizing,

  • explaining myself to myself.

  • Especially because I'm doing something

  • that, a lot of the time, makes people temporarily uncomfortable

  • which is not my nature.

  • In a conscious way there are a lot of questions like

  • how do I walk through the world as a gigantic, hairy two-year-old.

  • I think this is why my instinct is to put the camera low

  • because the world is unbelievable from waist height.

  • So the excitement isn't about a wild photo.

  • The excitement is an addiction.

  • When it works right it feels like you have superpowers,

  • that you could distil this crazy unexpected thing

  • from the whole mess of the world.

  • There is this very instinctual attraction to photography

  • because our existence,

  • no matter how full it gets,

  • is lonely, and short, and meaningless.

  • Being able to present your experience

  • as something concrete,

  • is like 'this is my story as I saw it, this is my life as I tell it.'

  • Witness me, validate my existence,

  • let me be more than this fleck of dust in the air.

  • I photograph because I love people.

  • It's the only way I photograph.

  • If the people didn't exist in the streets

  • neither would my photographs.

  • I think it is very important to like people,

  • to understand, to respect, to listen to people,

  • and to establish a kind of chemical relationship

  • between the photographer and the subject of the photography.

  • In my case it's people.

  • That's the reason I want to give the photos I made

  • to the people in the streets.

  • Sometimes, I come back later,

  • and always give the photos to the people I photographed in the streets.

  • I think this is very human and good

  • because they feel important, and they are.

  • You transmit what you know, and what you've learned with the others.

  • You only transmit when you take a photograph

  • and show it.

  • What you are showing is a bit of yourself.

  • This is our way to transmit our feelings.

  • Not only the feelings of the subject that is photographed

  • but also the feelings of the photographer.

  • However, the discipline that you have to have with film

  • is lost with digital photography.

  • I was shooting all the different kinds of cameras.

  • It was pretty much: point, shoot, burst... Whatever.

  • It became really boring,

  • and my interest in photography started to die

  • until I switched over to Leica.

  • Everything felt genuine with Leica.

  • In a moment where technology is all about adding features

  • I think that uncomplicating a beautiful camera

  • does the photographer the great favor

  • of letting them not think about it.

  • When I'm shooting with this camera

  • I always look at the back on the screen

  • if there's going to be a picture there.

  • But there's no screen.

  • All you have is a little knob where you scroll for your ISO.

  • It's a visceral thrill when you're taking these photos.

  • Because just like film,

  • you don't know what you've got until later on.

  • With this camera we came back to the discipline of film.

  • It's kind of the perfect tool for this little dream bubble

  • of a long weekend.

  • We are an unlikely trio.

  • We cover a very wide range of perspective and personality.

  • It has been a brilliant chemical reaction: mixing us together.

  • They are so different photographers.

  • And I'm so glad because I know

  • they did a great job here in Porto.

  • I'm a little proud of that.

  • I learned a lot being around these two.

  • They're fun, they're funny.

  • I'm happy to be able to meet them.

  • I think the philosophy is to live life

  • with your eyes as wide open as you can get them.

The moment I took my first photo

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Exploring Porto with the Leica M-D

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    蔡皓宇   posted on 2018/11/08
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