The Amazon Beyond the Rainforest

 

Natutama means "The world under water" in Ticuna, a language spoken by approximately 40,000 people in Brazil, Peru and Colombia. This project documents my 2,500-mile journey by riverboat down the length of the Amazon River and its tributaries to capture the life of the people who live on its shores.

I wanted to show a different Amazon than most people imagine, specifically the human element. Many picture the Amazon as an exotic jungle where animals outnumber humans. But development -- especially as the population grows in the Amazon region -- is an important reality, and one that cannot be ignored in conservation efforts.

"In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught." - Senegalese environmentalist Baba Dioum

The way I capture moments represents the way how I was raised, learning to respect nature and its magnitude. Being raised in this environment gave me the power to see life in a different way, and it empowered my photography with the beauty of simplicity.

What most fascinates me as a photographer is to have the power to show people something they've never seen before for the first time. The art of capturing moments has the power to transport people to a different place and time. It's about bringing the unknown to those who could not be part of that specific time in space.

 
 

Natura -  24'' x 36'' 
Archival Print - Edition of 5 + 1AP

$1250

 

One Hundred Kilos -  16'' x 24'' 
Archival Print - Edition of 5

$620

Sale Hoy -  16'' x 24'' 
Archival Print - Edition of 5

$620

 

Passarela  -  16'' x 24'' 
Archival Print - Edition of 5

$620

 

Love Boat -  16'' x 24'' 
Archival Print - Edition of 5

$620

Riverboat -  16'' x 24'' 
Archival Print - Edition of 5

$620

Low Tide II -  16'' x 24'' 
Archival Print - Edition of 5

$620

Patience -  16'' x 24'' 
Archival Print - Edition of 5

$620

Palha -  16'' x 24'' 
Archival Print - Edition of 5

$620

Almendra Zarina -  16'' x 24'' 
Archival Print - Edition of 5

$620

Low Tide -  16'' x 24'' 
Archival Print - Edition of 5

$620

Em Movimento -  16'' x 24'' 
Archival Print - Edition of 5

$620

Untitled -  16'' x 24'' 
Archival Print - Edition of 5

$620

Strengh -  16'' x 24'' 
Archival Print - Edition of 5

$620

Crabs and the Bottle -  16'' x 24'' 
Archival Print - Edition of 5

$620

Antena -  16'' x 24'' 
Archival Print - Edition of 5

$620

All photographs are printed in limited editions on archival, fine art paper. Prints are stamped, signed and come with a certificate of authenticity. All prints ship unframed from Miami and Brooklyn.