Spotlight of the Week: Pedro Damasceno

Photographer and Editor-in-Chief of The Crestian Yearbook

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Liza Goldstone

Pedro is focused as he works to reach an upcoming yearbook deadline.

This week, Type One sat down with senior Pedro Damasceno, a talented photographer who captures concerts, private parties, and various Pine Crest events. From taking yearbook pictures to candids as Editor-in-Chief of The Crestian yearbook, Pedro shared with us his inspirations, motivations, and experiences.

 

T1: When did you start taking pictures?

PD: I took my first picture maybe when I was eight or nine, but I only started taking photography seriously when I was 11 years old.

 

T1: How did you first get involved in photography?

PD: It started when I went on family trips and my mother gave me her DSLR camera to take pictures of the monuments we would visit. Photography really did not interest me, since I knew I could go home and find better pictures on the Internet than I could ever take. I would take her camera and take pictures of other things that I preferred, like the locals. That’s when I started to take photography seriously. I used to be into cinematography and taking Youtube videos, so I already had some equipment and I knew how to light a scene. I realized that taking photography was more efficient and less time consuming. Once I moved to France and didn’t have anyone I knew to film with, I moved on to photography because I didn’t have to rely on anyone else.

 

T1: What type of camera do you use?

PD: A bunch of different types of cameras, but it depends on the situation or the context of shooting. When I’m doing my own personal photography or projects that are just for myself, I will use film cameras. I do try to develop fim as much as I can, but sometimes it’s too time consuming. When I’m shooting events or doing studio work, I will use a DSLR which lets me get a lot of pixels and shoot without really thinking. I prefer shooting on film because it forces you to slow down and think about what you are shooting instead of just being trigger-happy on auto mode.

 

T1: What are your favorite things to photograph?

PD: Without a doubt, people. I love capturing expression and highlighting different people. I don’t really like landscapes.

 

T1: What was your most memorable photoshoot?

PD: A really fun photoshoot I did recently was Rolling Loud, a music festival in Miami. They hired me to be a part of their media team. I’ve been doing a lot of concert photography these last few years, so it was fun to watch this all culminate and see all of my favorite musicians. I was able to go backstage and that was really fun.

 

T1: What influences and styles have inspired your pictures?

PD: I think it’s really important to look at photographers and past artists who were successful and replicate their work when you’re learning how to shoot. That’s how I started to learn what it takes to be a good photographer and take good pictures. One of my biggest influences is Andre Cartier-Bresson, who is in my opinion, the greatest photographer of all time. Also, Magnum photography school photographers Bruce Gilden and Martin Parr are some of my favorite. I also like Diado Moriyama, a photographer who takes cool street pictures.

 

T1: What message do you want to express through your photographs?

PD: Primarily, I want to capture what is there and not what is not there. I want to convey a sense of reality and the sense of emotion. Otherwise, I like artistic photography and shooting an event. I like to prevent something and take a little bit away. I want the viewer to ask themselves, “What is going on in this picture? What is this person thinking or what is the situation like?” A message of questioning.

 

T1: How have your photography skills furthered your role as Editor-in-Chief of The Crestian Yearbook?

PD: I think taking pictures for the yearbook is a cool outlet to capture our school’s environment and also to practice my own photography skills and meet new people.

 

T1: What are you responsible for as Editor-in-Chief of the yearbook?

PD: Being editor-in-chief entails being in charge of the whole book. That includes managing a team of 80 people, writing, designing pages, and taking pictures. I need to make sure that the book is representative our school, our environment, and our time. These are the biggest challenges.

 

T1: Do you wish to pursue photography through college or make it a career?

PD: Yes and no. I don’t really see myself getting a degree in photography just yet because I’ll always be taking pictures and I don’t think it’s something I have to abandon. When people ask if I want to be a photographer, I respond by saying I already am one, so I don’t think that’s something I need to postpone until after college or high school. Currently, I have my own photography business where I cover events like parties and personal events like concerts and festivals. Photography is such an integral part of my life that I don’t see myself abandoning it.

Pedro has accomplished great artistic feats and continues to express emotion through his photography.  If you would like to view his work or get in touch with Pedro, you can visit http://www.pedro-damasceno.com