Each Monday, weâ€™ll highlight one indie photographer whose body of work deserves special recognition. Please enjoy their photography here, and make it a point to enjoy the rest of their work on their website.
This week the Indie Spotlight shines on VinÃcius Maffei, a student and photographer from the Brazilian city, Sorocaba. His interest in photography stems from watching many Ingmar Bergman movies.
VinÃcius is fascinated by the many films that Bergman and Sven Nykvist collaborated on to create iconic black and white scenes.Â With this love as his base VinÃcius started developing his own style, of black and white photography making express use of high contrast and brightness.
VinÃcius has two cameras of choice,Â a Pentax Spotmatic F and a Sony Alpha A230.Â He uses the Sony more often because it’s easier to use and cheaper than a film camera, however, he loves the results from analog equipment and uses his Pentax on occasion.Â His favorite lens is a Sony ALC-SH102 55-200mm, he doesnâ€™t often useÂ zoom in his photographs, but when he does, often for portraiture he finds that 200mm more than enough.Â Though he finds this lens isn’t very efficient at night, it works within his modus because he normally takes his photographs using daylight.
VinÃcius takes the majority of his photographs when he travels, but does on occasion venture out in his own city. While he doesnâ€™t use any artificial light, he utilizes the sun to achieve his trademark high contrast. When he get home after spending an afternoon shooting he selects his best shots and then edits them on his iPad using Aviary and then further post them on Instagram.Â VinÃciusÂ uses simple editing to achieve his result often adding contrast and reducing or adding brightness, after that he just crops the photo for posting.
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VinÃcius has an enduring appreciation for the sky is beautiful and often uses it to complement his photographs.Â Where possible he includes amazing clouds formations in his images and believes that it really sets his portraits and landscapes apart. VinÃcius loves shooting portraits, but due to his discerning eye he don’t have many that he is completely in love with, as he believes that to have a good portrait you need to capture the perfect moment, an amazing body and face expression with a great background.
VinÃcius considers that in shooting landscapes two details become particularly important, high contrast, reduced brightness.Â He also believes that in shooting architecture, one should try to captureÂ texture, if photographing only part of a structure combine it with other elements for a captivating image.
VinÃcius believes in black and white because it doesn’t encourage the viewers eye to wander.Â In black and white photography the viewer approaches the images with a more balanced approach for a fuller interpretation of the image in its entirety.
He does however also believe that outstanding images can be shot with color photography and this requires very careful framing by the photographer and a full understanding of the color palate and the viewers perceptions of color in order to make the images great.
Although VinÃcius doesnâ€™t have any techniques that he accidentally discovered that he uses currently he did recently shoot a series of photographs that he has a particular affinity to in an experiment where he usedÂ random apertures and shutter speeds.
Naturally, VinÃcius draws inspiration from a famous film director, Win Wenders, who is also an accomplished photographer who has published an intriguing photography book called Places Strange and Quiet, it has helped VinÃcius to develop his sense of space and has had enormous influence on his photography. VinÃcius also learned from studying the work of one of the worlds most famous photographers, Man Ray.Â He loves Man Rayâ€™s surrealism, they made him appreciate how beautiful and simple BW photography can be, especially in Man Rayâ€™s book Photographs by Man Ray to this day VinÃciusÂ still gains inspiration from his photographs.
VinÃciusÂ would love to visit Cuba, he has a strong desire to see a communist country and try to catch what he feels/encounters through his lenses in the most beautiful way possible, He believes Cuba abounds with stunning portraits and amazing landscapes. One of his dreams to photograph an iconic place while travelling recently came to pass on a January 2011 trip to New York.
VinÃcius also has a strong desire to master minimalism. to paraphrase him â€œI would be lying if I said that I haven’t tried it, but I don’t think i have succeeded at minimalist photography, I really admire it and I would like to start doing minimalist pictures.â€