Name: Rafael Fazano
Location: I’m from São Paulo, Brazil, where I’m based now. But I’m always traveling around looking for hills that have never been touched by our urethane! Soon I want to move to Australia to study and of course, bomb hills with my Aussie friends!
Years skating: Over 2 years.
Years shooting: Since I was a kid I played with cameras but I started to work professionally in 2008.
How did you get into photography?: The search for what makes people happy is constant: it can be in an instant, like a love at first sight, or last a lifetime. After so much time working with advertising, daily seeking a creative vision to customers, I decided to work in a photographic studio where I had all the technical basis. After some years working with the best Brazilian photographers I decided to go it alone, combining my passions: art, photography and action sports.
What inspires you?: Having new ideas is what most inspires me. When I have a creative insight I get excited to start work! I also look for inspiration looking for new photography concepts and by looking other photographers work. I love Bob Martin’s pics, for me he is the master of sports photography!
What kind of gear do you like to shoot with?: I’m working now with the Canon 7D. I love everything about this camera setup and the weight is very light comparing to other similar models. When you shot sports this make difference. I use basically 3 lenses: 150-500mm/ 24-70mm/ 16-35mm, this enables me to do all kinds of photos. I also use, when necessary, a Canon Speedlite 580EX. I like shooting with 4×5 and 6×7 cameras too.
Any advice to fellow photographers?: I’d like to say: Be original and make your ideas happen. Create your own vision of anything that you are photographing, this is the key to have a good and unique work!
Favorite story behind a photo: We have here in São Paulo a place called “Pico do Jaraguá”, a protected park that’s a closed hill to downhill since a guy had an accident there. You need 6 minutes to get down the hill and to bomb it is extremely necessary to be a skilled skateboarder: you can range 80km/h, with a lot of tight corners, animals on the road and water in the road.
I was invited by RATOS CREW to register their authorized session in there. I decided to go on the car’s trunk to shoot. Ow man, the skateboarders are faster than the car in the corners and while photographing I was saying to the driver “FASTER! FASTER!” and we were faster than the car could go, we started to drift every corner. The result: I got down the hill with a lot of pain because I was sitting in the car’s trunk for 6 minutes as if in a washing machine and I did not got a good photo! Hahaha.
Who have you shot for/where has your work been published?: I’m a luck guy to have known the Loaded & Orangatang guys (special thanks to Adam Colton & Pablo Castro). They were my first clients outside Brazil and they always left me free to work on creative shots, they believed in my capability. The work I did with them has opened lots of opportunities to shoot for many magazines and all other brands I’m working with nowadays.
MAGAZINES: Concrete Wave, Raus!, Skateboarder’s Journal, WSSM, Surfing Handbook, Wheelbase Mag, Go Outside and I hope Skate[Slate] soon :)
CLIENTS: Loaded Boards, Orangatang Wheels, Risch, roll-laden.net, Cult Wheels, Lush Longboards, Ibrasurf
I’d like to use the opportunity to thank all these guys and all people that support me (riders, publishers, clients, friends and now Skate[Slate]). You all are part of what my work is today.
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