Schlagwort-Archive: Caio Vilela

#FacesOfPhotography – Teil 51: Caio Vilela irgendwo in Brasilien*

Unterwegs sein. Als Fotograf, Fixer, Reiseführer. Das ist der Beruf von Caio Vilela. Eigentlich, denn nun hat er sich mit seiner Familie in Isolation begeben, irgendwo in den Bergen Brasiliens. Nicht mal seine Kamerausrüstung hat er dabei… Den #FacesOfPhotography erzählt er, wie es ihm geht:

Caio, how are you in these strange times?
Grounded! Trying to keep sane with some exercise, reading time, dancing, music, quality time with my family. I try to focus on the good side of quarantine. One of them is that now I have time for lenghty meals and I’m surrounded by people I love, only.

If we weren’t in crisis, what would you be working on?
I’d be on the road, shooting street football somewhere remote. My work has always been on the road, being a photographer, writer, fixer or travel guide.

What are you working on instead?
Nothing, really. I’ve tightened my belt, have rented a chalet in the moutains between Rio and Sao Paulo, and am living with my savings now. So far there is nothing to worry about, but if this health crisis extends too much, I’ll have to reinvent myself.

Is it already clear what the crisis means for photography industry in Brazil?
Not clear, but the pandemic will surely worsen an already difficult situation. The political crisis and devaluation of the Real, Brazil’s currency, also means that equipment needed for photographic production becomes even more expensive. Advertising and promotional budgets have been reduced, events have been cancelled or postponed, and most audiovisual productions have suffered due to this. The outlook is bleak.

Do you think that ways of seeing and visual languages will change against the background of the crisis?
Absolutely. World will change in many ways. Visual languages included.

What is your personal photographic wish for the time after the crisis?
I wish football kids get back in the streets. I’ve been shooting street football for more than 15 years now. Have done it in over 100 countries. This is my lifetime project. I have potential sponsors to keep it going. But my such beloved subject and phenomenon doesn’t exist anymore, as long as the pandemic is out there.

*Für einige Zeit in der Pandemie lebt Caio mit seiner Familie in einer Hütte in den Bergen irgendwo zwischen Rio de Janeiro und Sao Paulo.

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42.800 Besucher beim neunten Fotofestival Horizonte Zingst

Was für ein phantastischer Erfolg für das neunte Umweltfotofestival Horizonte Zingst : 42.800  Besucher haben sich in neun Tagen von der Fotografie mit- und hinreißen lassen!

Zu sehen gab es am Bodden sehr viel, aber vor allem auch sehr gute Fotografie, wie beispielsweise in der großen Gruppenschau »One World« oder in der Open-Air-Ausstellung »Rettet die Meere« von Reinhard Dirscherl – beide kuratiert von Klaus Tiedge (Kurator Erlebniswelt Fotografie Zingst) und Edda Fahrenhorst (fotogloria).

In der »One World« – die Klaus Tiedge liebevoll »mein kleines Welttheater« nennt und damit die konzentrierte Ausrichtung der Ausstellung auf internationale zeitgenössische fotografische und gesellschaftliche Phänomene meint – waren in diesem Jahr 112 spannende Bilder von 14 Fotografen zu sehen. Mit dabei waren: Daniel & Geo Fuchs, Lars Borges, Frank Stöckel, Florian Müller, Jochen Raiß, Darius Ramazani, Johan Bävman, Dietmar Baum, Nicoló Minerbi, Malte Jäger, Caio Vilela, Bernd Jonkmanns, Josef Fischnaller und Walter Schels. Eine besondere Freude war es in diesem Jahr, dass acht der »One World«-Fotografen nach Zingst gekommen sind!

Der Erfolg des Festivals ist aber natürlich vor allem dem tollen Festival-Team zu verdanken, darum gilt unser Dank für die grandiose Fotografiewoche und für die Gastfreundschaft an dieser Stelle: Ralf-Peter Krüger, Rico Nowicki, Anne Crämer, Stefanie Schiller, Sascha Oemcke, Simone Marks, Martin Dankert, Maria Fechtner, Daniel Hammer, Judith Schallwig, Jens Redecker, dem Filmteam, dem gesamten Bilderflut-Team, Anke Großklaß und allen anderen, die für ein weiteres unvergessliches Festival gesorgt haben.

Wir freuen uns auf das nächste Jahr – das zehnte Umweltfotofestival »Horizonte Zingst« findet am 20. bis zum 28. Mai 2017 (in der Verlängerung über Pfingsten bis zum 5. Juni) statt.

P.S.: Wer das Festival verpasst hat – hier gibt es einen Einblick in die Ausstellungen »One World« und »Rettet die Meere«

Die Fotos haben gemacht: Mike Gamio, Nicoló Minerbi, Lars Borges & Edda Fahrenhorst.

Horizonte-Countdown 2016 | Caio Vilela

Die Faszination Fußball kennt keine Grenzen, keine Altersbeschränkung, keine Religionszugehörigkeit, keine Nationalität. Fußball wird einfach gespielt und das überall auf der Welt.

Mehr als 100 Länder hat Caio Vilela bereist und in jedem dieser Länder hat er Kinder gesucht und beim Fußballpielen gefunden. Daraus entstanden ist eine beeindruckende Sammlung von Straßenfußballbildern

Zu sehen ist die Arbeit »Straßenfußball« jedenfalls ab Ende Mai in der großen Gruppenausstellung »One World« während des Umweltfotofestivals »Horizonte Zingst« – zusammen gestellt von Kurator Klaus Tiedge (Erlebniswelt Fotografie Zingst) und Co-Kuratorin Edda Fahrenhorst (fotogloria).

Alle Bilder aus der Ausstellung und noch ein paar mehr können Sie übrigens über die fotogloria-Bilddatenbank lizensieren – bitte HIER entlang.

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Project Football Without Borders was born by accident in 2003 during an assignment trip in central Iran. After taking picture of kids playing football in the main square of Yazd I had the spark: from now on, I will keep my eyes open for street football kids out there. As I travel very often on journalism assignments or guiding groups, I had the chance of seeing and shooting street football in several places.

So far I have pictures of street football in more than 100 countries (all continents plus Antarctica) and in all 27 brazillian states.

Soccer happens. Not only in Brazil but all over the world. Every single day, anywhere, at anytime. It doesn’t choose its players based on religion or race. Far from the football match on our TV screen, the World Cup events and the championships of the mega-sponsors with their billions of dollars competitions, there’s another – and more truthful –  football: the football played by children on any open field. To me these images shows unique shining moments of unknown weekend players in action on golden days to some people’s childhood or youth.

What fascinates me most about the set of images chosen for this exhibition is that I have registered golden moments of some anonymous talented kids. All these boys and girls have now an opportunity to shine in these enlargements, just like they shine every single day in a dirt pitch, away from the eyes of a talent scout. The plays displayed in these prints are the result of pure chance. They are here because there was a photographer in that pitch at the very moment they were playing.

On any given improvised squad, gathered in the hit of the moment just for fun, there was a boy that in near future will no longer live close to that field. Another one will start to work and probably will stop playing. They will all grow up. Maybe some of them will keep playing together for some years. Maybe some of them will turn into professional footballers. But there’s no way that the same game, with the same plays and players will ever repeat themselves the same way and on the same ground, like in the day I took their pictures.

Imagine how many brilliant goals Tostão, Pelé, Zico or Ronaldo must have scored as kids on an improvised dusty pitch with no TV cameras there to show the world.
I wish I had seen those guys playing during their childhood and had the chance to register their shine with the same vibe I felt while photographing what you see in this exhibition.

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My method is simple: I ride around (on a taxi, rental car or bycicle) at 5pm, loking for kids with football jerseys. Then I ask where there may be people playing (in late afternoon there is always people playing! You can fly me to arctic Russia and I’ll be able to find the football kids!). Then, if the match is already happenning by the time I arrive at the football pitch, I just ask permission for the goalkeeper, sit on th ground and wait for the action to happen in front of my lens. If it is a serious match, I keep myself out of the field limits. If it a fun kids game, I feel confortable to get inside and take closer shots.

I approach the pitch like an eager striker and nervous as a defender, willing to see the ball being kicked towards the goal like a forward. At the end of the match, I am sweating and covered in dust, feeling like a player who has just scored a goal.

Taking pictures during a soccer match is at the same time similar and totally opposite of photographing a dance presentation: both are an exercise of agility, timing and blending in with the environment, with no interference. During a ballet, the lens points to a small limited space, where choreographed predictable moves will take place. While in a soccer pitch, action is everywhere. Anarchy and improvisation runs the show and that can drive dizzy the most experienced photographer. You have to foresee the right moment to press the button, predict when one body unblock the sight of another, in that split second when productivity struggles against the clock.

Just like dancers, amateur soccer players will probably not run, jump, fall on the ground and bring out their bodies best performance for more than one hour. Whenever I come across a thrilling spontaneous match, I have to run and hopefully produce two or three really good pictures. You can never tell if that game has just started or is about to come to an end.

P.S.: Die großartigen Fußballbilder von Caio Vilela sind 2015 in einem Buch zusammengefasst unter dem Titel »Straßenfußball« im Spielmacher-Verlag erschienen – mehr Infos gibt es HIER.