Would you mind introducing yourself? My name is André, I work as a junior doctor, currently specializing in pulmonology. Most of the time I am either with a stethoscope or with a camera in my hand.
Where are you from, and where do you currently live? I’m from Portugal and I'm currently living in the beautiful city of Porto.
André's Instagram - @andreterrasalexandre
How would you describe your style of photography? My main style tends to focus on landscapes and documentary, but I end up shooting a bit of everything when I go out. I usually carry at least one of my cameras around, but it’s when I travel that the urge of shooting really comes out and it’s when I do the most of my photography work. Lately, I’ve been taking a lot of photographs at night, that’s a style of photography I’ve always been really into, although I don’t do it in the most technical way, as I like to shoot handheld and I rarely use my tripod.
When did you first fall in love with taking photos? Documentation has pretty much always been my main draw to photography. Looking back through old family and friends albums and remembering the insane fun made me want to always collect memories so I could continue to have some physical way to remember the past and the people that I go through life with.
Do you have a favourite photography related memory, whether it be in front or behind the camera? Some years ago I went to a Sonic Youth concert and I had my Fisheye 2 plastic camera with me. When the show finished I waited for Thurston Moore and tried to take a picture with him. He said “sure” and as soon as he saw the camera he started asking questions about it and shooting random photos around the room. I ended up taking the shot with him, but for a moment I feared he would shoot all of my film and there would be none left for the photo I wanted. Crazy dude!
What inspires you to take these wonderful photographs? Most of my photos are taken during road trips or weekends where I’m out exploring new locations. I like living in the city, but it’s not the kind of place that makes me want to shoot the most, I find it too difficult and confuse to capture it in its whole essence. On the other hand, pretty much any place outdoors away from crowds and loud noise will get me excited enough to pull a camera out. I usually don’t ask people to pose for me, I try to capture life as it is. Even if I wanted to shoot some portraits of interesting strangers, I am a bit too shy for that kind of thing.
What kind of camera do you use? I only shoot film, I currently don’t own a digital camera and I don’t think I will in the near future. There is something about digital images that make them look a little too perfect for me. I think the film look is pretty much impossible to recreate on digital, like it has some form of dimension that can only be captured that way. Life is not perfect and film can, therefore, make an image look more like real life because of its beautiful flaws. The main 35mm cameras that I use every day are the Yashica T5 and the Canon AE-1. I also shoot medium format film and I have a Mamiya C220 and my most recent purchase that I’m yet discovering, my war tank, the Pentax 67.
What is your editing process like? I pretty much don’t edit my images at all, aside from a rare crop or minor tweak. Film has it’s unique ways and usually pleases me enough to not want to retouch my images. I don’t criticize or have anything against photographers who digitally edit film, I just don’t think it’s the kind of thing I want to do. And it saves me a lot of time too.
Are there any tips you would like to give to anyone out there who would love to create similar style photos to yours? That one is easy. Just try and experiment with different films, cameras, and lenses. Most analog cameras are pretty cheap and easy to sell if you’re not happy with the results. One of the greatest things about film photography is being able to shoot with relatively affordable cameras that stood through time and were once the “top guns” of photography. Just look out there and try to find the right combination of camera and film that pleases you the most.
What are some of your passions/hobbies other than photography? My job consumes a fair amount of my time, but I try to keep up with movies, music and literature, and I’m always searching for my next travel destination. Other than that, I’m pretty much an average guy.
Who are some of your favourite photographers? My all-time favourite photographer is probably Alex Webb, I don’t think anyone will ever understand his mind and the way he is able to capture street scenes like he does, he is absolutely outstanding. Then there are some photographers that truly created their own style and I follow for some time now, like @toby.harvard, @mayabeano, @itsreuben, @niklasporter, @dayzedandconfuzed, @ernestohemingwayo and @wildsommer. They are all very different photographers, but they are the ones I find myself rediscovering on a regular basis.
What would be your number one dream destination for a photography adventure? I am lucky enough to have gone to some of my dream destinations (for photography and to experience in general), like Iceland, Greenland, Japan and the Faroe Islands. Aside from those, Alaska, Nepal, Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan are often on my mind as potential future adventures.
Which time of year is your favourite for taking photographs? I don’t have a big preference, but I’m definitely a winter person, so that’s probably the time of year I photograph the most. Snow is really appealing to me and I tend to travel to icy destinations quite often.
Do you have any upcoming photography trips/sessions planned that you would like to share? Later this year I am going on a road trip through the magnificent U.S. southwest and roam its national parks, motels and roadside diners. I will try to document both people and nature. Should be sweet.