Interview: Andre Boto and his Flying Islands.

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Could you tell us a little about yourself and your background?

All my life I lived in Silves (Portugal). At 18, I started the course of Decorative Arts in Beja. I always had a strong connection to the arts, I drew a lot when I was younger, and Surrealist style caught the attention even before the dream of being a photographer. In 2008 I decided to move to Lisbon, with the objective of making specific training in photography. I did the course of Advanced Photography Conceptual Photography, at that time I became a professional and continue to live in Lisbon.

When did you first become interested in photography?

It is something that came without explanation, because nobody in my family had a connection to photography or the arts, at 18, I received a small photographic camera, I have few memories of the first pictures, but the photograph was used to me as a complement to freeze the reality, serving as a reference for me to draw.

What do you think is the most important factor in making a good picture?

For me, a good image is simply one that complies with the objectives for which it was created. It’s important to consider the target audience and the purpose of our image. The cencept and composition / aesthetics are always very important, because they have direct interference in the final result and the impact that our image can have. The impact of a photograph is extremely important, because that is what makes us choose between wanting to see the image in more detail, or not.

What are the biggest mistakes you see photographers making?

I think the advantages that digital photography brings us, are not enjoyed by many photographers. Shooting and see the result immediately, it is a privilege that should make the next image a better picture than the last.
On the other hand, I see many photographers concerned with technical issues, such as, what is the best camera or lenses, and I see little concern about the concept and composition, and this is what is reflected in our final image.

What are the biggest lessons you’ve learned so far in your photographic career?

The greatest lesson is learning to listen to all criticism and enjoy the best of each to apply in my work. Do not give up, be persistent and believe in what I do, that’s how you can develop and cause others to believe and admire our work.

What are the three things you always have with you, when you are working?
Give us a few characteristics necessary for every photographer.

Lots of patience, persistence, and try to look and evaluate our work with detachment.

Are you a self lerner? Which skills have you developed by yourself?

I was self taught until 2008, we can learn much alone, and is an important step, but I think after a certain time, continue to want to learn alone makes the process of evolution slower. I consider myself an ordinary person, who was discovered by experimentation techniques and processes, which were later consolidated with the formation.

What would you say to other enthusiast photographers out there who aspires to what you’ve achieved?

I think we should believe in our dreams, because today there are no limits in photography, the only limit is our imagination, because all the tools we have at our disposal are sufficient to solve our issues … Doing research, have a working method, to anticipate challenges and calculate their solutions even before a shot may be essential.

Is there anything else you would like to say to HappyPhoton readers?

Enjoy yourselves every moment that you photograph, because this is the best way to reach your gols, and who see your work will notice if you had fun doing it.

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