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Lives in Recife, PE, Brazil
Works as a EFL Teacher
Joined on Jan 13, 2011
The first camera I have ever shot with was my mother's, a Kodak Instamatic 177XF. In the 90's, it happened to me to work as a photographer, but I always had problems working by myself (lazy at doing marketing) and I didn't care to find a partner. What I needed was someone to deal with the marketing thing, promoting my work.
After a long time having different and unsuccessful jobs, I started teaching English. It happened by chance, but many opportunities were showing up, and I decided to move on with it. It's not photography, but I can say I still do something I love because I always liked English, so it never gets old. Yet, most things I learned through reading, including photography, were written in English.
The first contact I had with photography literature was in the 80's. The husband of a distant relative of mine (I have no idea where this couple is today) gave me a package of photography guide composed of two books and other four smaller and thinner ones. The two books were divided in many sections, like technique, equipment, lab, someone professional, etc; and the other four focused on a specific subject, and there were only photos and some coments about them. One was on people, another on women, another one on nature, and one more on architecture. I loved these and the other two. Later on, understanding English, I could compare them with others written in English and I can tell you they were really really good. Actually, they were American guides translated into Brazilian Portuguese. A precise and well done translation.
The first contact I had with photography literature in English was in 1993. I lived in Natal. I was riding my bicycle and, passing by a supermarket, I decided to stop at its newsstand for a quick look at the magazines. I wasn't looking for anything in particular and didn't intend to buy anything, but then I saw that beautiful red glossy cover with lots of SLRs on it. It was the December 1993 edition of Petersen's PHOTOgraphic magazine. I didn't say a word, but my reaction inside was as if saying, "Wow, look at this!" I had never seen such an appealing cover (uncommon to Brazilian magazines at that time) and that rich content in terms of equipment. Having bought one, I also bought a compact Collins Gem Eng-Port Port-Eng dictionary and a calculator, and spent the whole month trying to translate most of the magazine and converting feet to meters, inches to mm and cm, and pounds and ounces to kgs. I continued to buy issues of that magazine for the next 6 months. At first, equipment ads, cameras and lenses guides and articles, and shopping catalogs where the sections I read the most.
In 1996, I was living in Guarabira (Paraíba's countryside) and the owners of a photo shop in Natal called me and invited me to move back there and work as a minilab operator. That was my first job. They did that because they didn't have access to such awesome magazines and I used to go there and take mine and talk about photography and stuff, and we enjoyed that a lot. While working there, I had the chance to handle some very nice cameras like the Nikon F3, FM3, Minolta Maxxum 9xi, and some others from Pentax. Canon was rare.