Rafael Fazano is a photographer hailing from Sao Paulo Brazil. His work blends a mix of artistic aesthetic, lifestyle, and action into a seamless package. Check out some of his work, and learn more about what drives him:
Where are you from, and where are you based now?
I’m from São Paulo, Brazil, where I’m based now. But I’m always traveling around the Brazilian shore looking for surfing and skateboarding trends.
What got you into action sports photography?
The search for people by what makes them happy is constant: it can be in an instant, like a love at first sight, or last a lifetime. Some are born with an ability–a gift–and learn quickly. In my case [it was a] 22-year search. After so much time working with advertising, daily seeking a creative vision to customers, [I] dropped everything and decided to work in a photographic studio where I had all the technical basis and encouragement of my mentors. After some years working I decided to go it alone, combining my passions: art, photography and sports. Now they are exposed on my site so everyone can feel every moment that only action sports can provide.
What other sports besides surfing do you shoot?
If I have opportunity all of them! I am passionate about sports. But I try to concentrate on action sports like downhill skateboard, surfboard, wakeboard, street luge…
What is your current equipment of choice? (Camera, lens, etc)
Well, I’m working now with the Canon 7D. I love everything about this camera setups and the weight is very light comparing to other similar models. When you shot sports, this make difference. I also use basically 3 lenses: 150-500mm/ 24-70mm/ 16-35mm, this enables me to do all kinds of photos. I like shooting with lomography cameras too. I have one that is great!
In your opinion, what makes a good surf photo?
I learned that if you want to shoot sports it is necessary to live it and feel the same sensations on the skin that people feel. Then just let your feelings to flow into the picture so everyone can feel, receive, and understand that single moment.
What are some of the challenges of surf photography?
I think the most difficult challenge is to do unusual, unique shots. There are many photographers nowadays, so, less space on the shore. Another challenge in my opinion are the climatic variations. Here in Brazil at my last session I had hard sun on my head, rain, and cloudy conditions. All in less than five hours!
Rafael has also appeared on these websites with his surf and skateboard work: