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An Interview with the Street Photographer Carlos Coelho from Portugal

RK : Say something about you.

Carlos : I was born and raised in Portugal.

Since I can remember that I have an appreciation for arts, starting with drawing and painting.

The dream of leaving my country to travel the world always was present even before I discover my passion for arts.

That dream was the trigger to buy my first camera in September 2016, and starting to see photography how I see it today.

In March 2017 I was leaving my loved country behind with an backpack on my shoulders and camera in my hands.

RK : What are your favorite genres of Photography?

Carlos : My favorite genres of photography are Street Photography and Documentary, because beside the stories that you can tell, "allows" you to explore portraits or landscapes for example.

RK : What was the first camera that you had used?

Carlos : The first camera that I ever used was an old film camera from my parents that unfortunately I can't remember the name or brand, because I was an kid.

RK : What camera & equipment do you use now?

Carlos : The equipment that I use is practically the same since the beginning. One Canon 700D with 50mm f/1.4.

RK : What does ‘street photography’ mean to you?

Carlos : Street Photography is the most practical and self-compatible way that I find to express myself and to record the age in which I live and the places where I pass by, in the way I see them.

RK : What first drew you to street photography—and how did you discover it?

Carlos : It was the simple fact that I wanted to express myself and record what I saw in the world. I think the first time I realized what Street Photography was like, I discovered the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Doisneau.

RK : How does Black and White vs Color play into your work? Do you find them to be totally separate beasts—or complementary?

Carlos : Personally I think they are two distinct ways of taking photos and seeing what surrounds us.

Although I began to photograph in color, slowly and as I studied more about photography and its history, naturally my passion for black and white photography increased until I decided to photograph only in that way.

Nothing invalidates that in a few time I will start again to photograph in color, but for now I love doing what I'm doing and how I'm doing it.

RK : What makes the good picture stand out from the average?

Carlos : I believe that is the one capable of firing any emotional trigger. Simple as that.

RK : Whose work has influenced you most?

Carlos : Without any doubt was the work of Sebastião Salgado.

That's when I realized that it was possible to create something absolutely magical with a camera.

RK : Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?

Carlos : “Ying & Yang