More about Denise Perez
Q & A
How would you describe your photographic style? Do you follow a set of rules when you shoot?
I like to be very close to my subjects, but I never use zoom. I believe the best zoom is my “legs”. When I shoot people, I like to talk to them and get to know about their lives.
My urge is to show the beauty of things that otherwise pass unnoticed. In Brazil, beauty is not always obvious, since the country is so poor, yet our culture and people are so rich in beauty. It takes a very open mind and curiosity to explore places and talk to people out of my social comfort zone. This is where I discover the greatest pictures.
It was my German grandmother who immigrated to Brazil during the War, who took me along her discovery journeys though my country. It was her who taught that me to see the beauty in things you are not used to see as the best way to open your mind.
Any photographers you particularly admire?
Luiz Braga, Ana Carolina Fernandes, JOSE DINIZ, Guy Veloso. I admire their talent to engage in closed relationships with their subjects.
What inspires you to shoot?
My curiosity is what drives me to shoot. Photography is my excuse to discover and to learn.
What advice would you give to aspiring photographers?
Don’t just steal your shot and run away. Don’t be afraid to talk to the people, in order o get closer. Your legs are always the best zoom.
Where do you currently live and work?
Brazil is so violent these days that my journeys of discovery where become too dangerous. I moved to Berlin a year ago.
What did you study – and how I got into photography?
I studied law and worked for ten years as a lawyer. Almost 6 years ago, I found the courage to quit in order to find out what could actually fulfil me. A befriended photographer took me along on his photo travelling tours. During that year I did not only discover the beauty of inland Brazil but my passion to become a photographer. I didn’t see it as a way to make money, it was just a way to follow my true calling. Maybe this is why it worked, because I started doing something that really mattered to me.
Any cool projects you’re currently working on?
I am in a kind of creative transition phase right now, because the light in Berlin does not inspire me like it did in Brazil. I have to go out on discovery tours around Berlin, in order to actively engange in adapting to this new light and colours.
- Museu da Imagem e do Som (MIS): June, 2014. São Paulo, Brazil.
- Photoville: September, 2014. Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York, USA.
- LZ Arte: September, 2014, September, 2015 and June, 2016. LZ Studio, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.
- Mostra São Paulo de Fotografia. São Paulo, Brazil, 2015.
- CenáRios. July, 2016. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
- “Rio 365, Um documentário fotográfico”: Imã Editorial, Brazil, 2013.
- “Olhar do Torcedor”: Samsung, São Paulo, Brazil, 2014.
- “Rio 365, Um documentário fotográfico”. Imã Editoria, 2015.
- Prêmio Samsung Mobgraphia: winner in black and white category. Junho, 2014.
- Olhar do Torcedor: Julho, 2014.
- Prêmio Mobgraphia: winner in landscape category. June, 2015.
- Iphone Awards. Honorable Mentions, Lifestyle. 2015
- Photo of the year, Rio 365 project. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015.
- Doc Galeria, São Paulo, Brazil.
- Galeria Triângulo, Salvador, Brazil.
- MOVE, Curitiba, Brazil.
- LZ Studio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.