I photograph people and when I manage to capture something extra from a person I feel a great sense of achievement. That something extra comes in a certain look, a meaningful expression, a movement, or simply the pure and innocent gesture of a child.
And my greatest satisfaction is when I arouse joy in the people viewing my work, when it touches them, mirrored in a smile or even a silent “I like that”.
"When he was born, a tortuous wind whispered in his ear: go, Armando, strike out and see the world, open your window, but never close it on Bahia". That same wind, which came from the region of Itaparica, must have made a deal with his grandfather, who gave him a camera for his sixth birthday, guessing it was not enough just to develop a vocational profile, a corporate vision, without a humanist perspective, aware of a world which would undergo astounding changes. And on the advent of the Beatles and an era he went to find this in London, pondering on Tolstoi´s idea that "painting your village will make you universal". His roots had always lain in the Bay of all the Saints, but his dream stretched further, he drank from other fountains, sailed so many seas, filling his eyes with a special aesthetic vision which qualifies, defines and identifies his photography as a highly unique style, brimming with signs and meanings representing a language. Although he has been involved with the art of photography throughout his life, when travelling, studying and attending courses, visiting museums and major galleries, his strict nature only allowed him to accept the title of photographer very recently, at the ripe old age of sixty, when he held his first exposition. And it is in the name of culture that his work places an onus on human beings, be it men from the state of Bahia, Argentine tango dancers, Cambodian monks, or a Peruvian Indian woman. The gestures and looks of these characters feature a certain nobility which makes being and existing dignified. And that includes his photos which imply denouncement, the need for rescue. Or mere sensuality. There is always an almost religious fervor present in the shadows and lights of his compositions, framed in the appropriate tone and extent."
By Guto Ferraz: a friend, poet, sensitive and highly generous in his comments.
UMA INDIA DOIS OLHARES EXHIBITION
PHOTOWALK IN NEW DELHI OLD CITY
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