Photo Of The Day – Guest Photographer – José Brito

jose_brito_small_self_portraitJosé Brito was a subscriber to Photo Of The Day when I put out my initial call for guest photographers.  What I liked most about the photography he presented was the chance to visit a country I’ve never been to before, his native Portugal, through the eyes of someone who knew the land intimately.  While he claims to be an amateur, I’ve found his style and results to be a notch above the rest, while also noting I have a soft spot for his favorite subject matter, Landscape photography.  He runs a blog called Photography n’ Stuff which is just getting its feet under it, so please take a moment to check it out!  He’s available through his contact form if you find any of his photos particularly appealing and wish to purchase.

And now for the 4 magical questions and José’s answers:

1. Explain a bit about who you are and the type of photography that interests you most.
I’m a 25 year old software engineer, who “discovered” photography back in 2001. Since then it became a passion, and in 2007 I began taking it more seriously and became more dedicated to landscape and nature photography. The rural way of life is also a recurring theme in my photography. This is a direct consequence of being born and raised in a rural area, Arouca (Portugal).

2. If you could have a paid trip for 4 weeks anywhere in the world just to photograph and report back, where would it be?
Definitely, Iceland. I’m planning to go there this year. We’ll see… 🙂

3. Name two of your photography inspirations.
As a nature photographer, the easiest answer would be Ansel Adams. But I gotta be honest, although I follow the work of many photographers, there isn’t anyone that I point out as a main reference. I just try to learn from the best, try to improve continuously and follow my own path.
I guess my true inspirations are my hometown and the beautiful landscapes of “Serra da Freita” (Freita mountain range).

4. What do you hope to convey to others through your photography?
Through my landscape photography: to show people that there are beautiful places where you can find peace and quiet. Places that people “know” they exist, but don’t really “know” them. And, above all, that these places need preservation and make people realize that it’s their job to make that happen.

Through my rural life photography: to show people what “used to be” the traditional way of life; show that there are still people who live in small isolated villages, depending on agriculture; show them that shepherds still take their animals to graze everyday, whether its a sunny, rainy or snowy day.