Slyde Connected with Brazil Based Ocean Photographer Fernando Amorim after a photograph of his friend @chicalm caught our eye on Instagram.
Francisca photographed by Fernando was seen riding a Bula Enoka board in some steep Brazilian shorebeak. We couldn't wait to find out more about him, and the bodysurfing community.
Tell us a bit about yourself:
My full names is Ferando Amorim, I'm 32 years old born and living in Rio De Janeiro Brazil.
I hang out and photograph Rio's bodysurfing crews including Leme`s Crew, Mafia Bodysurf, SoulBodysurf, Itacoatiara Crew.
Tell us about your camera gear and set up:
On a typical day, I'm using a Canon 7dMarkII
inside my liquid eye waterhousing with 50mm F1.4 lens. I'm constantly clicking away, it doesn't matter if it's a cloudy or sunny day, I'm out there.
Other than photography, what else do you like to do?
When I'm not taking photos I like to spend time with my family , I have a young baby that is the center of my world. Also I started later in photography, so I spend most of my free time studying and practicing taking photos. Photo was once my hobby and now it's my job, I have a lot of fun doing it.
What/Who/When Got You Started Taking Photos?
I started taking photos because, I was working to much time in front of a computer and I was constantly visiting a doctor with a lot of pains in my body. He recommended I go to a swimming class. I really hate to swim without a purpose, so I bought a GoPro and started to go to the beach before my job to take some photos, and that opened my eyes to a whole new world.
Tell us about the inspiration behind your photography?
Rio is a beautiful city, but with a lot of problems, like most big cities. That all changes, if you wake up at 5am. It's magical time to enjoy most of the beaches without a crowd, and drive the streets without traffic jams and chaos.
Where is your favorite place and dream wave to photograph? Why?
My favorite place is Laje de Ipanema
. It's a slab in the hearth of the city. It works perfectly when the waves are bigger than 6feet. It's a fast wave but very photogenic.
What's your favorite photo you've ever captured?
It's so difficult to chose one photo. I will say it doesn't matter the difficulty of the wave, if the slab is almost without water. One must always assume the risk & take the waves. I have the sensation that I didn't take my best photo yet. My favorite photo is still in my mind.
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