As a photographer, Aguinaldo de Paula captures all that is commonly unnoticed. He uses the lens of a camera as his eye to explore a world of various perspectives, while still reflecting exactly what is in front of his camera. He has traveled the world striving to capture the way in which he perceives his surroundings and subjects. His work reflects modern and historic architecture, majestic landscapes, cityscapes, flora and fauna, as well as people interacting with their surroundings. He focuses on detailed close-ups as well as large forms, from buildings to mountains – including Everest. While Aguinaldo Paula has a unique vision, he has often been compared to Ansel Adams by admirers of his work – whether they are photography enthusiasts or professionals in the field. His work has been recognized in the media and displayed in photographical books. He has also received numerous awards demonstrating the appreciation for his efforts in the field of photography. For Aguinaldo Paula, photography is his ultimate passion, and is not only an escape door, but a means for expressing himself – both in color and in black and white. His work chronicles his perception of the world, and evokes a mood in his viewers. While much of Aguinaldo Paula’s journeys of self-discovery and photography have been on foot, much of his visual memoirs have been realized by way of his motorcycle, and his forever companion and wife, Cristiane.
Interview with Aguinaldo de Paula
1- What first sparked your interest in photography?
Since the early years of my childhood I used to browse magazines and loved the pictures. My interest grew stronger when my father, a physician, purchased a Nikon
camera to photograph his surgeries. I began to do that task for him as a teenager.
2- Why is photography important to you?
Besides family, there’s nothing in this world that makes me feel better than to handle my cameras searching for a good image. It’s a pleasant way to express myself. Words are difficult for me.
3- What inspires you?
A good light, a never been before place, and detail.
4- When you get an idea in your head for a photo, how do go about getting that shot?
It doesn’t happen often. I usually go to the field with a clear mind and try to find original images from the place, using the available light the best way possible.
5- How long do your usually have to wait?
Sometimes I have to wait for the best light for the scene I see in the viewfinder, but not more than a few hours. Sometimes it’s not possible and I simply walk away.
6- What are you thinking when you are looking through your "photographer's eye"?
A balanced composition, the quality of the light and if it has never be seen before.
7- As you look through the viewfinder what would you say is the most critical moment in the capture of an image?
It’s all about the right light. When photographing people, which I rarely do, there’s no way to predict that so I tend to follow the person and take lots of pictures.
8- Who are some of the photographers that have inspired you?
There are a lot. Taking the risk of forgetting many good photographers, I’d mention Sebastião Salgado, Damir Sencar, Araquém Alcântara, and my friend Ricardo Campos, who showed me the importance of composition, light and detail. He shares his passion with me every time we meet.
9- How would you describe your photographic vision? What kind of look or feel do you try to create in your photos?
I just try to show my vision of the world, in my very private way. I look for details and compositions never seen before. My photos are very direct and well understood. I really don’t like blurred, out of focus, dark images that tend to please only the author. It took a while for me to understand that every photographer has his own language. Some people had to say directly to me: ‘Hey, this photo is yours!’ Without seeing the credits.
10- What makes a good photograph?
The one that makes you say “WOW!” immediately after you see it. No matter because of its beauty, technical quality, or the moment captured.