Fábio Miguel Roque is a 27 year old Portuguese photographer. He was born and also lives near Lisbon, Portugal. He had a passion to photography since early years: initially as a hobby than as a life project. Fábio says that his outlook at photography changes with age. He hopes to build an extensive career in photography and also he dreams to publish a book as soon as possible. It was a real pleasure for us to take an interview with Fábio Miguel Roque and learn some interesting facts from his biography. We wish you a pleasant reading and viewing of Fábio Miguel Roque photography.
AP: Hey Fábio, thank you very much for finding the time to give us an interview. It’s great honor for us! Hope you will enjoy the interview questions we’ve prepared for you today. So tell us what got you started?
Fábio: I started to take some pictures with an old model Kodak film camera that belonged to my parents. I think it was then when I discovered a passion for photography. I remember how I “stole” the camera from my parents to take two or three pictures of something that I liked. And I only could see these pictures when they printed them. They always got upset with me, because I botched pictures. I was maybe eight or nine years old. Later, when I was a teenager, I started to learn photography, my passion for it grew and I discovered soon that it was exactly what I wanted to do.
AP: What an amazing start! Do you have any formal education in photography or were you self-taught?
Fábio: Yes, I do. First I did a small course, the Basic Course of Photography at the Portuguese Institute of Photography. Then, between 2004 and 2007, I did Digital Photography treatment and Professional Photography courses, both in the Portuguese Institute of Photography too. Finally in 2010 I made a workshop of Contemporaneous Photography History in Ar.Co, Lisbon.
However, I would like to do some workshops in the future, because I think we should always learn, and I hope one day I can do it with some of my favorite photographers.
AP: We’re sure you definitely will. By the way, what genre are your photos?
Fábio: I started with photojournalism, I worked in some newspapers, but it is a very busy and competitive market and I lost my job. It’s very hard find a job in this area in my country, so I left photojournalism and started to do documental works. I have been exploring conceptual aspects and this should be the way that I will follow in the future.
AP: Whatever happens, happens for something good. How would you describe your pictures?
Fábio: My older series like “The Cubans” or “Forgotten” are documentary projects with my personal look at these subjects. But I see the presence of my influences and favorite authors in them. Actually, I no longer identify myself with them and I currently follow my new way of thinking, so my work starts to look more natural and so I hope to continue to follow my path.
AP: Fábio, what kind of equipment and techniques do you use to take your pictures?
Fábio: Currently I use a Canon 60D with a Sigma lens and Canon Speedlite flash II; however, the new project Awake was shot with my old Canon 350D. In future I want to get back to analog camera for some type of projects.
AP: Tell us more about Awake photo project. What inspired you to start working on it?
Fábio: Awake is a very personal project, it was carried out during a somewhat troubled time in my life. It was made based on the idea of nocturnal ramblings, without hours or final destiny, a kind of self-induced insomnia. This work was made during a long time ago and without the aim of doing it. I took some photos and when I combined them together, I saw that could be a nice project to work on.
AP: What is the formula for success in your activity? What do you do to reach your goals? Do you participate in the contests or exhibitions?
Fábio: Being a photographer is a hard choice, at least in Portugal. There are very few jobs in this area and sometimes it seems like a long journey through a desert. So, we must work hard, and never give up! I did some exhibitions in my country and I have some more to do very soon, some collective ones. I always take part in photo competitions and fortunately I won some of them too. This gives me some visibility in my work area.
AP: Is there someone who supports you in your creativity?
Fábio: The main support I get from my wife. She is the first person that sees my projects, she always helps me when I need it, and she also gave me pieces of advice in the works’ editions. When I have some troubles, she is always by my side. I often call her my “playing manager”. My son is not old enough to support me, but hopefully he’ll do it in future.
AP: This is so great that your wife supports and inspires you! Who is one person you would like to see interviewed on AstrumPeople?
Fábio: The person that I like to see interviewed on AstrumPeople is António Júlio Duarte, a Portuguese photographer. He is one of my biggest references and has been my teacher for more than two years. I think he has an excellent work that should be studied.
AP: Thank you very much. We will do our best to take an interview with António Júlio Duarte. Could you please give any piece of advice for those who try to discover their talent and cultivate it?
Fábio: Don’t be afraid to fight for your dreams. It may not be easy, but if we work hard on it and try again and again, believing in our work, someone will end up looking at it and from there everything will change.
Fábio, thank you very much for telling us such an interesting story about photography. We wish you great accomplishments, brilliant success and continued inspiration. To learn more about Fábio Miguel Roque photography, please visit his personal website or Facebook page.
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