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Pictures somehow become your identity, and personality, even more if you are a proud owner of a label. This week Red Polka celebrates good photography with our edition, Shutterbugs—the click ready collection. Here’s an exclusive interview with Flavio Samelo, an ace photographer from Brazil and Instagram sensation on his journey into photography. He is acknowledged for the way he infuses geometry in his frames.
Flavio Samelo is a graduate in Communication and worked as an illustrator, art director, photographer and editor for a lot of Brazilian magazines, publications and brands and firms. He started his journey with street photography, capturing skaters, graffiti, shapes and patterns in 1992 and ever since he aces in Geometric Photography and his photographs are acclaimed worldwide.
1) What is the story behind your journey of geometric photography?
As I am a skateboarding photographer, I am on the streets everyday and so I am always looking at architecture and shapes and forms from the constructions where I am making photos. So I started to focus on these ideas and produce more. As I travel a lot around the world as well, I am capable to get a lot of different types of architectures that evoked the germ of geometric photography in me.
2) What are the challenges you face every day when it comes to photography and how do you come over them?
Here in Brazil, work on the streets is more dangerous, because of the violence, so you better be a little more awake when you are out there looking at the buildings, otherwise you can be stolen or miss a hole in the ground.
3) Which is your most challenging and favorite composition till date and what makes it so special?
There are so many, I can select some that I like more. One really special to me is the mural I made at the 5ª Bienal Vento Sul, that happen in the city of Curitiba/PR-Brazil. It was my very first at biennial and was a nice area, very similar to what my work is all about, shapes and forms.
Also a commercial work my wife and I made for Nike Running Global last year. We combined our photos together to create some patterns used as prints on the women sports apparel for Nike, sold globally.
4) What are the tips you’d give to an amateur photographer who wants to explore geometric photography?
I think it is a tip not just to photographers, it is a tip that I use in my life, try to make things that make you happy somehow, money is good but happiness is priceless and money can’t buy a real good night of sleeping in peace with yourself. As I like to make skateboarding and street photography, this is what I do for living. I have enough for me and my family and some friends, and it is really important to respect and share your knowledge and experiences with the others.
Here’s a sneak peek into Flavio’s work—