A Brazilian passionate about documenting the world around him.
As a (photo)journalist, I hope to be able to seek the truth and observe the world, so that, Insha’Allah*, through the lens of my camera, and through the power of words, I can document reality, giving the world a taste of what humanity is working towards, and bringing to the forefront some harsh realities that are taking place in the world. I am a person who is not afraid of trying new things. The concept of striving for excellence is something I am ever conscious of. Every day we can learn something new, every day we should strive to learn from our mistakes, every day is a new day.
Being born into a multicultural family made me love and become curious of how culture affects one’s perspective. My mother was born in Abadan, Iran, and my father in Belo Horizonte, Brazil – two different cities, countries, continents, and realities. Beyond these differences they were united through their beliefs in the Bahá'í Faith- which was and continues to be the center of their lives. In fact the Founder of the Bahai Faith, Bahá'u'lláh states: "The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.”
My perspective and understanding of the world changed when I first moved from Salvador to Brasilia, two cities in Brazil. I was only seven years old and didn’t really understand what was happening, coming from a different style of education, different routine in life, I had to quickly adapt to that new and different environment,
Moving to the Brazilian Capital, I had the bounty of studying and growing up, in an International Bahá'í School for about 11 years of my life, a school where students had the opportunity to live together, and study with people from every corner of the world. Today, I look back and think: I am who I am because my parents strived to combine both spiritual and material education.
After high school I didn’t have any doubt, I knew my professional field would have to be related to communication, speak up, converse, consult – communicate, search the truth and share, a way to love and understand one another. Starting my studies in journalism is something I don't regret, this passion still increases day by day.
In June 2011 I was reborn, I started my service at the Bahá'í World Centre, Haifa, Israel. People who goes there are from all around the world with the same purpose; to dedicate themselves in service to their Faith. Everyone has a unique and different experience. After three years in Haifa, my understanding has advanced about my role as a Bahá'í youth, and now I recognize that I have to advance spiritually, materially and intellectually so that I can effectively contribute to the transformation of society.
My photographs are what I live and see–and what I feel. I try to connect my soul with the moment I am experiencing, capturing reality for others. Every shot may capture a positive or negative thing in the world, it might be shocking sometimes, but that is the reality for many. With the smile of a young or old person I try to transmit their happiness, into your life; I try to put that same smile on your face. With a beautiful scenario I try to show that the world is not only about hate, prejudice or envy, but that we all come from the same God and that equality and unity are what we are all looking for.
*An Arabic term for God willing