Photo by- Fernando Coelho
Based out of Lisbon, Portugal
I'm a recent Portuguese amateur street photographer going to the streets of Lisbon looking for the decisive moments, mainly humorous or ironic.
Being a chemical engineer and consultant on the field of water treatment, I have photography as a hobby for a long time and I normally was focused on shooting macro and landscapes with my EOS 7D, heavy lens (Sigma EX 17-50mmm) and heavy tripod. During that period I got some recognition on some posting sites and Portuguese photo magazines, but I never was totally satisfied or engaged with "my" hobby.
I discovered street photography in the beginning of 2012 and since May, after I made a street photo workshop in Lisbon centre and brought my light and versatile Fujifilm X10, I never stopped shooting and I usually be able to produced and post a rewarding street shoot every day. On my view the main advantages of street photography is that if you feel on the right mod to start shooting and have the luck of living on a busy place like Lisbon you only need to go out and making it happen. You always have amazing characters, scenes, places at you disposable if you make use of some clever techniques, and more important, train your eye a make time available to be focus and engaged with the so much that is always surround you.
My main inspirations are Rui Palha (http://ruipalha.fineart-portugal.com) and Thomas Leuthard (http://500px.com/85mm). The first because most of his photos are made in Lisbon (my own city) and because most of his photos are really masterpieces where street photography meets fine art, and the second because of his amazing gift to "collecting" souls with his street portraits, cool street scenes and, of course, his fantastic e-books that were to me an enormous source of inspiration and street techniques.
Has I first said, my photos try to capture street scenes that catch my eye and hopefully the eye and attention of my viewers, being most of the time humorous scenes, ironic or about interesting characters on their living environment.
Recently I engaged a project that I named "Mr." Series, in which I normally use a low PoV and close subject distance to try to catch and read his/her toughs and interpret his/her behaviour. Based on my interpretation I give a name to the Mr. ;)
WEEKLY PHOTO CONTEST
Each week I will choose one photo from submissions to post on the website under the weekly photo contest. Please submit only one photo per week and attach your bio and a link to your website if you have one. Click on the picture above for submissions or email jbweeklyphotocontest@ gmail.com and Good luck!