Joao was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1982 and grew up on it's outskirts. He makes photographs, videos and music and cannot live without these things. He now lives in Germany, and says he's trying to find out what's going on in this crazy world.
His Flickr page is full of beautiful colour photographs of the many places he's travelled to, including many of his home city.
1.) What do you love about photography?
I'm just in love with images. I started my "artistic works" with music, really young. I started to play as a DJ, then I did MC work for some bands (hard core, hip-hop) since 1998.
At this time I was already connected with visual art but I have a problem: I absolutely cannot draw! So I started to take pictures and try to get more and more into this visual graphic world.
I started to take pictures in 2003, with really simple digital cameras, and I just did it to have some fun. Taking pictures from my hood, concerts, friends...
2.) What most inspires you to take photographs?
Everything! Right from my beginnings with photos. I just started to click everything! A lot of times people look at me and ask: "what are you
I came from Rio de Janeiro, a city famous for being so beautiful. But I came from the outskirts of Rio, and there I tried to discover another image of Rio, outside of this "clichés". Sometimes my great inspiration is make something that does not look pretty look nice or just different.
3.) If you could go anywhere to photograph anything, what would it be?
The moon, of course!
4.) What does the UNdane mean to you?
I think its exactly this process of looking a little bit differently at the same things. Everything can became a possibility.
5.) What are your favourite UNdane things to photograph?
The streets. I just call myself an "urban voyeur". I love the life in the city because the cities are always on the move.
People are in movement. Buildings are getting old, new things are coming. Everything changes. But you need to have eyes to see, not just to look.