Eudes de Santana, b. 1984 from São Paulo, Brazil, now living in Berlin, Germany
Coming Up Strong: First of all, the most standard question in the book: how did you get into photography?
Eudes de Santana: I've been taking photographs since I was very young but got into photography more seriously when I took photography classes in the graphic design college.
CUS: Tell us a little about where you live. Does your town/city/country affect your photography?
ES: I've moved in to Berlin 6 months ago, so I'm still knowing people and things here. Before it I was living in Barcelona, Spain. I can tell that the place where I am definitely affects my photography.
CUS: What did you have for breakfast this morning?
ES: Fruits and cereals with soy drink and black coffee.
CUS: Did you study, or are you studying, photography? If not, how did you learn?
ES: I had 2 years of photography in graphic design college. After that, I did a master in Barcelona which I finished last year.
CUS: What makes a good image?
ES: I don't know, there are so many things that can make an image to be good. I do really believe in that semiotic thing that the baggage is very important in making the understanding of an image for each one, so an image can be good for someone but not so good for another, in some aspects.
CUS: What are five things you can’t live without?
ES: I've never thought about that but suddenly I would say all the people I love, music, some camera, inspiration and being in new places.
CUS: Do you believe that with the rise of digital photography the phrase “everyone can be a photographer” is true? What are your thoughts on digital vs. film photography?
ES: I don't think like that but I'm seeing lots of people buying this idea. Everyone can take photographs, but I think that being a photographer is being able to put out a point of view through photographs. I don't care about digital vs film, just think that a good picture is a good picture.
What are your thoughts on photography and the Internet? (For example, mass amounts of images being uploaded every day via sites such as Flickr, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram...) How do you differentiate "art" photography and "non-art" photography?
I see the internet as an amazing tool, but maybe people are not making the most out of it yet.
I think photography couldn't be differentiated by any meaning. People always tend to categorise things and it's meaningless to me.
CUS: Do you think that the Internet (as opposed to a gallery or any other art institution) is a legitimate place to showcase photographic work or do photographs have to be seen in "the flesh" to be fully appreciated and experienced?
ES: I do think that you can fully appreciate a photograph on a monitor, even more if the display is big and good enough. I also think one can have an amazing experience looking at pictures on a gallery's wall, and further, connecting with people there, which is the best.
CUS: Who, or what, is your biggest influence?
ES: There are so many photographers I admire. For me, influences also change a lot with moods though. If I had to write down some names, I'd go to the pioneers of colour photography like Joel Sternfeld, William Eggleston, Stephen Shore. These guys are big influence to lots of people.
CUS: Tell us a little about the people in your photographs.
ES: Not much actually, I just look for people I feel that could be good to take a photograph of. It's always very subjective though.
CUS: What are your plans for the winter?
ES: I'm trying hard to improve my snowboarding and taking lots of pictures.
CUS: What advice would you give to your fellow up-and-coming photographers?
ES: Keep doing your stuff, experimenting and trying as hard as you can to be honest to yourself.
CUS: What do you hope to achieve with your photography? Do you foresee photography as a career in your future?
ES: I'm living out of photography for a while and I could say I'm quite happy.
CUS: Can you tell us about any upcoming projects?
ES: I've been working on some new stuff that I'll be posting on my website soon.
CUS: Our last interviewee, Alyson Romanok, asks: What would you be doing if you weren't a photographer?
ES: I would be trying something with music or maybe graphic design.
CUS: Last but not least, what would you like to ask the next interviewee?
ES: What do you see as the most exciting thing about your subject?
Thank you for your time, Eudes!