Frederico Viana

            

 

Regina de M. Botelho

"I think that photography is an art that helps me communicate with my friends around the world in a single language. The beauty that exists in all moments, even the most trivial ones, and that I managed to appreciate and capture through my lens, is the result of a journey of inner search and a lot of reflection..."

My first contact with the world of photography was through my mother (Regina Botelho). Even as a child I remember that she loved to use my sister and I as models for her experiments and tried to teach us how to use her camera. Although I didn't like being a model, the curiosity for the camera intrigued me from a very early age. I have vivid memories of my adventures inside the mysterious dark room where my mother developed black and white films (you can now calculate my age with this information 😅). All this was a joke to me and I never imagined it would become something so present in my life.

In addition to the photographic universe, another fact that marked my childhood was travel. Since I was little I was used to taking long car trips to visit my grandparents, to go to the beach (Goiás is a little far from the beaches...rsss). Seasonal travel culminated in a desire to explore other places.

After working as a chemical engineer for 10 years, I felt the need for change. With a little push from the universe, I started my sabbatical and left everything behind to venture into other cultures. This sabbatical was planned to be 1 year long, but it turned into a lifestyle I've had for six years. In these years of reflections and wanderings, the passion for photography flourished. I took several photography and editing courses and invested in better equipment.

This effort and dedication did not go unnoticed: in 2019 I was invited to be a collaborating photographer for the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) and named photographer of the month for November/2019.

I think photography is an art that helps me communicate with my friends around the world in a single language. The beauty that exists in all moments, even the most trivial ones, and that I was able to appreciate and capture through my lens, is the result of a journey of inner search and a lot of reflection, which seems to continue for a long time!

Placing a picture in our home is something very intimate and personal and that's why we are selecting our favorite photos and sharing some of the stories behind them. Many are the result of long walks, through woods, mountains, streams or several minutes waiting for the right moment!

A hug, Fred

 

"I signed up for a photography course and the analogue format was my first challenge and also my most exciting discovery. I remember, as if it were today, the great emotion I felt when I made my first black and white photo development. Unique and very special. When the image began to emerge among the chemists, I couldn't believe what I was seeing..."

I was born and raised in the midst of nature. Since I was little, I was very curious about this universe. As I got to know how to manipulate a pencil, I managed to discover the fascinating world of colors and I fell in love. I loved to paint and see the nuances that appeared on the blank sheets. With this skill, as a teenager, I worked as a draftsman of surveying projects. I worked, studied and dreamed, but the future was so far away…

The world of art, so striking in my childhood, came back to life as an adult and with it also came the courses... Oil painting on canvas, watercolors and an infinity of possibilities. I had several teachers, but I always felt that I was missing something. At a certain point, I decided to learn to photography. I signed up for a photography course and the analogue format was my first challenge and also my most exciting discovery. I remember, as if it were today, the great emotion I felt when I made my first black and white revelation. It was a unique and very special moment. When the image began to emerge among the chemists, I couldn't believe what I was seeing... at that moment, I knew it would be a lifelong passion. I continued to take courses and improve myself. I invested in equipment, I had several analog machines until the digital age arrived.

I live in an environmental protection area (APA), where I spend a lot of time watching the birds. Photographing them is pure emotion and we learn something new every day. And with great joy, I discovered that my son shared the same passion as me, making beautiful records of the vast world, places I could never know except through photography. We then decided that it was time to share a little more of our work and our passions for this art that today occupies a large part of our lives.

As we thought together about creating this site, we wondered what name we would give this project. Amid so many possibilities, why not a name that speaks for itself? That carries the simplicity but also the potential for immensity and grandeur contained in each record? And so the “Planet in pictures” was born. A site that brings us closer to a universe full of passions, colors and dreams...

It is with great pleasure that we share with you unique moments, lived in this long journey, when the eyes capture, the machine registers and the heart accelerates.

Sincerely, Regina