REDMILK MEETS A NEW YORK BASED PHOTOGRAPHER AND GLOBAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER. DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST.
Your typical breakfast.
Any piece of fruit I can find, followed by an endless stream of coffee.
Describe your photography in one word.
Does New York influence your work?
Every place that I live and shoot in influences my work. So in that sense, yes New York is a big influence. But beyond influence, New York has been a catalyst for many ideas and projects.
Your photos are “intellectual harmony” in a world full of harassment: how relevant is the defense of human rights for you?
Human rights frameworks are always at the core of my work, it is essential to me. Myl career began in the field of human rights, and much of my early documentary work was a very literal approach to rights-based story telling. It’s a perspective that I carry with me into all of my projects. Even in Days Change at Night, which is about the predominantly Latino backyard punk communities that exist on the peripheries of Los Angeles. The overt narrative of that series is not explicitly about human rights, however the mere existence of these kinds of communities is a direct response to socio-economic conditions that can be better understood in a human rights context.
Tell me about the hardest social problematic to face?
For me, the hardest pill to swallow is the earth’s environmental state, and that of climate change. It’s just surreal to be having casual discussions about the end of the world, and yet it often feels that few people, especially those in power, are taking it seriously.
Have you ever thought to make a documentary?
Yes I have! I just started filming/directing my first documentary this year. It’s about a river in the south of Brazil.
Your strongest and weakest point.
My strongest point, I would say, is adaptability – I can adapt to and laugh at nearly anything. My weakest point would likely be, asking for help.
What’s your favourite animal?
Dolphin. They always seem like they’re having so much fun!
Which project are you working on?
I have a few projects that I am juggling at the moment, but the one I have been giving a lot of time to lately is Days Change at Night. The first installment of it was recently published in the New York Times, but the series since then has taken on a life of its own through my participants, so I’m continuing to work on it and seeing where it goes.
What do you love the most?
Photos courtesy of the artist
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