Creative Layover: Rio de Janeiro
Bem-vindo ao (welcome to) Rio de Janeiro, the location of our fourth installment of the Creative Layover series. This time we are heading south of the equator. As one of the cultural hubs of Brazil, this destination is as colorful as Carnaval.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
When you hear someone say “Rio”, images of Christ the Redeemer with arms opened wide, sandy beaches, and colorful costumes of Carnaval flood your mind. Beyond the glitter and grandeur, Brazil’s culture is infused with art. Rio de Janeiro is one of the few cities where street art is celebrated; murals and graffiti cover the city, telling stories of historic events and social issues. Let us introduce three Brazilian artists who have taken their culture and traditions and added a bit of modern flare to them.
Photographer – Ana Carolina Fernandes
At the age of 19, Ana Carolina Fernandes became a photojournalist at the O Globo newspaper. Since then, her style has changed from shooting theater and cinema festivals to developing personal essays and documenting Rio’s street demonstrations. On being a photojournalist, she says, “I focus on human issues – giving a voice through my photos to the people in society who do not have one.”
Ana Carolina’s Tips, Tricks, and Parting Words of Advice: “As a photojournalist, I don’t drastically change my images as to maintain the integrity of the shot, but I do appreciate the ability to accentuate the colors or contrast of a photo to better represent the reality of the scene.”
Photo Manipulator – Marcelo Monreal
Marcelo Monreal began using Photoshop when he worked in an office that created labels for companies in the textile industry. Though it was challenging in the beginning, Marcelo enjoyed the endless possibilities that resulted from using the software. His current project, Faces UN Bonded, started because of a childhood memory. He explains, “One day my mother told me not to run so fast because I could get hurt. I went to her and asked, ‘Mother, what are people made of?’ She smiled and said, ‘They are made of flowers.’” The passing of his mother inspired the idea to make cutouts on faces to express grief with flowers growing out of them to show love.
Marcelo’s Tips, Tricks, and Parting Words of Advice: On perseverance, “We have to keep in mind that every idea is born small before it turns into something incredible, so never give up on your work.”
On using Photoshop, “It is an intuitive tool, and there are several ways to do the same thing, so the best way to edit something in Photoshop is your way. There are now numerous tutorials and resources available, but you have to find your own way of using them.”
Illustrator – Nathalia Suellen
Nathalia Suellen taught herself Photoshop by creating a photo collage over seven years ago. “It has always been a tool for my restless mind (and quiet mouth),” she explains. She was only creating photo manipulation pieces for a while, but she realized that some of her clients wanted content that had no limits. Describing the shift to 3D, Nathalia says, “I’ve been putting a lot of 3D into my new work, and it has helped my surrealist ideas to finally come true. Photoshop now blends the best of both worlds…I compare Photoshop to a sewing machine stitching different fabrics together; I am trying to create art using several different pieces.”
Nathalia’s Tips, Tricks, and Parting Words of Advice: On how Photoshop’s Camera Raw is essential to her workflow, she says, “I use it all the time, mainly the noise reduction and color adjustment (HSL/Grayscale) tools. Sometimes my final 3D render does not turn out as expected and I need to balance out all the colors. Camera Raw has everything I need in the same place: Hue, Saturation, Luminance, Split Toning, and Noise Reduction. Basically, Camera Raw is the first essential step I take before starting any of my work.”
For more from these artists, check out their social channels below:
Ana Carolina Fernandes | Instagram