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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 promote 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've 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 a photography guide composed of two magazine-sized and four less-than-A4-sized books. Each one of the large ones were divided in many sections, like technique, cameras, lenses, flashes, framing, darkroom, techniques, pro-photographers, etc; and the other four books focused on a specific photo subject, and there were only photos and short coments on them. One was about people, another was about women, another one, about nature, and one more about architecture. I loved that package. Later on, after I was able to understand some English, I could compare them with many other guides and I can tell you that they were quite complete and were really good. It was probably the translation of an American guide. A precise and well done translation, by the way.
The first contact I had with photography literature in English was in 1993. I lived in a city called Natal. I was riding my bicycle when I decided to stop at the newsstand of a supermarket 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.