Full name: Ana Catarina
Where are you from? I was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Not a girl from Ipanema, but trying to be! I love my city, my country and my people. But it’s always an incredible experience to meet and know other cultures.
Where are you based now? I’m based in Rio, but I usually travel to shoot. I like to try new waves and shores, to develop and improve my photography and my skills in water.
When/how/why did you take up photography? My relationship with photography started in 2008, when I just wanted to know how to take better photos in my holidays.
What type of gear do you use? I use a Canon 7d with a 50mm f/1.4, a 24-105mm and my water gear is an Aquatech Water Housing. And, of course my Dafin fins!
Do you surf/swim etc? I swim since I was 3 years old. I wasn’t an athlete on swimming, but to shoot in the water you must practice swimming. It’s very important to do an apnea course too. It increases your breathe underwater and give you calm when you are passing through a bad moment in the sea. About surfing, I’m learning to do it since January. I always wanted to know how to surf, but as I don’t live so close to the beach and used to take a bus to arrive there, I didn’t have this opportunity. But this year it was a aim to finish 2015 knowing to stand up on a surfboard! Maybe in 2020 I’m on WQS as a surfer! Just kidding.
What is it that you love about ocean/surf photography? There are a lot of possibilities in shooting in the ocean. You can do some lifestyle pictures, some landscape (that I call ‘seascapes’), surf, water sports etc. But, one of the things that I like most is to play with my camera speed and do what I call Aqua Painting. It’s a way to paint with the camera and sometimes the pictures really look like a painting. I really enjoy arts and its history.
Do you sell your artworks/images (website/gallery etc?) Yes! In my website there is a link with some available photo to print, in different sizes, papers and frames. Here in www.anacatarinaphoto.com/shop there are some. I like printing and decorating people’s houses and offices with my pictures. It’s good to know that in the middle of their days and business, there is a calm picture, with the sea to calm them down.
Do you have any advice for others wanting to take up ocean photography? It’s an wonderful sensation when you can take photos in water, especially the surf ones. Watch the surfers so close it’s an amazing way to participate and vibrate when they go out of a barrel or come back from an aerial. But you can’t forget that we always must respect the nature in so many ways: no waste, never leave your waste in the beach and ocean can betray you. Always respect the waves, their size, their strength, the currents. If you are not feeling safe to go to the outside, just stay and wait until you are feeling secure on it.
When/how/why did you take up photography? My relationship with photography started in 2008, when I just wanted to know how to take better photos in my holidays. So I started doing a basic photography course and then I didn’t stop. But, I didn’t know which way to follow in photography. So, in 2013 I did a workshop with one of the most surf photographer in Brazil, called Sebastian Rojas. It was in a weekend, in a small city near Rio, called Saquarema. I fell in love with surf photography! It was the perfect way to put together nature, ocean, sun, photography and sports, the things I like most in my life. I also remember, between a set and other, that I started to float and think: thank God for this moment, maybe I found myself. And then a wave came… No, just kidding! After this weekend, I bought my first housing and started as a water photography!
Any more advice? I think I’m a little bit careless when I go to the sea. Once, in Bali, the tide was so dry, so dry, that I fell over the reefs, with a wave that I don’t know from where it came. It was my first Balinese tattoo. It’s always important to protect your body with a lycra or even a wetsuit. Sometimes the water is so hot that we don’t want to use anything but our bikinis. I regretted about it and I always try to remember myself that experience.
Shooting in water is a pleasure that everyone should try. The part I like most is that sometimes we can take the ocean for those who live far from the coast. Some people have never seen the ocean. That’s why photography is so beautiful too. We can take any moment that we find special and share with those we love or even we would like to show our experience.