Each city was a completely different experience, different cultures and lifestyles. Porto was the city where I started my career studying Fine Art Photography in an art school called ESAP. The main focus was on the art side. The environment that surrounded me was inspirational all the time, and so multidisciplinary. I had a group of friends who studied cinema, painting, architecture... And then the school was in the middle of the historical centre of the city; there was mix of authenticity and decadence, as I walked from one side to the other for lessons. It sometimes seemed as though the city had stopped in the 80s. I loved to explore new places to shoot and create stories, I used to involve my friends, and I was also drawing and painting a lot at night. It was as a time of exploring, being true to myself, and having fun with my Zenit camera.
I arrived in Barcelona when I had just finished my degree. It's where I started to establish connections with the commercial industry. I worked as an assistant for a couple of photographers before I decided to explore my own way. I moved to Madrid for a short period of time to do a lighting course at EFTI. It was a great experience, and I apply some techniques that I learnt there to my pictures today. Barcelona and Madrid allowed me to begin to understand the photography industry, through working with creative editorials and doing commercial work.
London is a city where everything is possible, there's an open freedom of self-expression. This is what I was always looking for, my dream was to come to this city and now I'm here. It's the beginning of something new!