ML: What were your artistic influences growing up, and are there any specific artists or writers to which you turn for inspiration now?
HC: I was born and grew up in Brazil. In my family, art was very valued. We were surrounded by photographers, painters, sculptors, jewelers, designers and architects. I’ve always loved abstract art but didn’t have anyone in particular to whom I turned for inspiration. Expressing myself through art was my way to communicate with the world, especially with painting, ever since I was little. Inspiration came to me from a very inward place.
ML: Have you studied art history or the craft of art such as printmaking, framing, and composition?
HC: I studied some art history and printmaking when I went to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
ML: Can you place your work in the realm of poetry; does each piece have a story?
HC: I think my photography can be placed in the realm of poetry. When I see a decomposing leaf in a small puddle of water illumined by beautiful light, that’s poetry! I think nature is always giving me a gift and a story because of it’s constant change. Some days I’m fascinated by water and reflections. Another day by moss and rocks, etc. It’s all very subjective and unexpected how I see things in nature and compose it with my camera.
ML: When you began photographing the world around you, had you already developed influences from other artists, works of art, writing, or specific people in your world?
HC: I started to photograph during a challenging time in my life. I was spending a lot of time in nature for my own healing, especially places with water and I begun to notice the natural elements around me. I bought a camera and that’s how I started my photography. I didn’t really have other influences from outside, other than what I was perceiving myself.
ML: Your photographs of the natural world captivated me because they have a very quiet life of their own. How do you come upon something such as a leaf & create from it so much more than a mere photo of a leaf?
HC: Leaves and other elements of the natural world have so much beauty, colors, textures and light! I see them and it has to do with an inner perception too. I have to pay attention and be lucky. It’s the poetry that I mentioned earlier.
ML: Does your work ever specifically reflect your life experience, and, especially, your experience in other parts of the world?
HC: My work comes mostly from an inner place. It really has to do with how I perceive what is around me. I think it has to do with spending lots of time in a specific place and seeing what’s around me.
ML: Can you speak about the interplay between color and texture that happens in your work?
HC: Everything has color and texture in nature. It all depends on the right light to capture it.
ML: What is your process when working?
HC: When I’m photographing, I need to be by myself, and I need privacy. It’s an interplay of nature and myself. Sometimes I have amazing “sessions” with water or other elements and I could take hundreds of photographs in a short time. One specific situation could require many different shots of the same subject. Each composition being important.
ML: Do you create commissioned work and how does the vision change when others’ tastes are involved?
HC: I haven’t done commissioned work with my photography yet. I prefer to have the freedom to create what comes to me.
ML: Would you like to reveal a bit about tell us what most excites you at this moment in your life?
HC: I’m really excited and happy, when I’m in a beautiful and quiet place. I also like to be in a city that has lots of arts and culture, cafes and good music.