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    Hello from São Paulo, Brazil!

    Hello everyone,

    I am 43 years old and live in São Paulo, Brazil. Since I was a teenager I devoted myself to the study of philosophy and literature, but always dreaming about doing some form of art. Six years ago, I decided that the time had come, and started photographing with a Canon Rebel camera. It was a turning point in my life. Three months later, I started using 35mm films and left behind all my academic activities to dedicate myself to artistic photography only. Very rapidly, I moved from 35mm to MF and then to LF. Nowadays, I use only 4x5” and 8x10” B&W films. I have a Linhof Technika V and a Deardorff v8, besides some Zeiss and Schneider lenses. I still have my Hassel but I’m planning to sell it since I do not use it anymore. My Leica cameras and lenses I sold some years ago. I process my films in a Jobo ATL-2000, mainly with Rodinal (in fact, R09 and Adonal). I’m now using Adox films. I don’t do traditional prints. My images are scanned in an Itek Drum Scanner and printed in an Epson 3800 printer, after some PS. Last year, I did my first photo exhibition. It was in Helsinki, Finland, with my friend Jukka Pääkkönen. Some weeks ago, I was also contemplated with a Merit Award in the B&W Magazine 2012 Black and White Portfolio Contest. My photographic work can be seen here:www.joseluissilva.fot.br . I could say without much fear of mistake, what I mean by artistic photography is what Edward Weston did. I still use to read a lot, but my main activity today is photography. I hope to use this space for sharing information and experiences. Thank you all!

    Cheers,
    José Luís

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    José:

    Welcome to APUG!
    Matt

    “Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”

    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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    Welcome to apug and good luck with your photography

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    Welcome, José. I'm sure you will feel at home here on APUG. I had a look at your website and really like some of your photographs.

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    Nice portfolio, welcome!!
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    Welcome Home José Luís !

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    Hello and welcome to APUG!

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    Hello and welcome to APUG.
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    Welcome to APUG, José.
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    Hello and thank you all!

    Umut,

    Yes, the concrete is indeed quite present in Brazilian modern architecture, and can be seen everywhere here, in homes, buildings, museums, universities. The building in the photo is part of a cultural center built on old industrial warehouses.

    I just finished a workflow that goes from the large negatives to the printer, but am already planning on manual processing and contact printing. It's a joy to have these two worlds.

    The scanner is actually able to do a very good read of the colors present in the negative, and indeed provides very sharp images. The process is very labor intensive, but I think it's worth it.

    The last 16 images in my page are digital (mainly m8), the other 4 color images were taken with Fuji 160s (sítio, ccsp) and Provia (poça, Cláudia).

    Thanks! Best,
    José Luís

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