(This is the seventh and final article highlighting student work from the recent PhotoExpedition Brazil.)
Herculano Bernardes – “The Beautiful”
What can I say about Herculano Bernardes? He is a true character full of love and life.
When I first met him I asked Herculano what he did for a living. “I am a vagabond” was the answer. How fitting a description.
Herculano was a returning student, along with Roberta Cadore, from our first PhotoExpedition in August. It is amazing that he made that trip at all. Herculano stumbled across Izan at a booth at PhotoImage Brazil and on the spur of the moment, decided to board a plane the very next day for our 8 day adventure. He was a film shooter. He had no digital cameras so he bought the gear he needed on the spot to make the trip.
On this trip, we are greatly in his debt. Herculano was not only my friend and student on this trip, but also volunteered his 4WD Land Rover Defender truck to assist in our journey. He and I spent the first week together, photographing the cowboys at Faz. PromissÃ£o in the days before the workshop officially began. Herculano speaks no real English, and I speak no Portuguese, but somehow we managed to communicate. We shared many laughs, had a lot of fun, ate some great food, and drank many beers. Herculano definitely never met a beer he didn’t like.
One thing I can say about Herculano is that he is a true friend. I have enjoyed watching his work improve the past few months.
“Participating in this workshop is a mixture of adventure and expedition. This workshop sponsored by Izan Petterle and Greg Gibson to the Pantanal of Mato Grosso, is a unique experience that through teaching and practice and aims to create a more professional photographer. Gaining knowledge of technique and concept developed by them on this production of documentary photography makes the apprentice to develop its own style.
Three things I learned are 1) to shoot with telephoto lenses, 2) to shoot action, and 3) how to use white balance effectively to achieve different results.”
- Herculano Bernardes-
Portrait of Herculano – okay, just kidding – this is a Howler monkey at Araras Ecolodge.
Luis at Faz. SÃ£o Carlos.
Branding of cattle at Faz. SÃ£o Carlos.
Josah in the early morning sun at Faz. CarandÃ¡.
Long lens shot of horses hitting the water at Faz. Ronco do Bugio.
Herculano with the Howler monkeys at Araras Ecolodge.
Driving in the Defender along the dusty road to Faz. CarandÃ¡ with Roberta Cadore.
Herculano, Izan and I with Peixinho on the Rio Claro.