The #BLVCKSBTFLL series was born from another series of photos I produced and exposed last year, called Hidden Paradise, where natures exuberants had the role along the black bodies, the Black is Beautiful series was born from the need to give the role and identity to the black body. The message is to propose a warm look of contemplation of the beauty of black power. It’s about changing the look for colorismo.

-Thiago Borba

Instagram: @t_borba
Salvador Bahia, Brasil

Thiago Borba

Tell us about yourself
My name is Thiago Borba and I am 34 years old. I live in Salvador Bahia, Brasil.

How did you get started?
I started taking pictures when I was living in Spain. 12 years ago was my first experience outside of Brazil and all the places I traveled, inspired me to photograph. From then on people started to compliment my look.

What challenges have you faced in your career? How have you strategically approached those issues?
The challenges as a photographer is the same that all artists have. Reconcile the art that you believe the work that pays. Over the years I realized that I had to go through the process of work of the labor market as a photographer to understand my mission with the photo. The photo and the time go together.

How you prioritize your clients when you work with a large number at once?
I am very aware of the deadlines for everything in life, so when I close a job to organize to meet the deadline.

What is an integral part of your work as a photographer?
The enchantment, by a person, a place, for a cause. Without spell work flows.

What has been your greatest accomplishment, and why is it your proudest moment?
I had a few moments of achievement with the photo, my first magazine cover was one of them, my first exhibition as well, but I believe now is the first time I do a job with that power representative for a people.

How creative you are with your work?
100%. I can't measure it, but I can say I'm involved enough to accomplish what I believe.

How do you work with customers who may have a sense of creativity different from your?
This is very common, but nowadays the clients come to me wanting to give me total freedom of creation because they already know and rely on narrative that build around the images. As you settle in, ensure that your creativity is captured, as well as theirs. A good conversation with the template for them to understand the proposal of the work and a good atmosphere at the time of the shoot, this is one of intimacy and mutual trust between photographer and model.

Aside from photography, do you have other passions? Do you incorporate them in your work?
Nature, I love being in touch with nature, especially the sea and this force is one of the elements of my work.

What goals do you aspire to accomplish in your career?
There are so many, the greatest of the moment is to make a movie.

What's the best advice you received?
When I was starting the shooting, I was talking with photographer Debby Gram and she told me "you just need to happen photo of light." It was liberating and accurate hearing that at that time. 

What advice would you give to someone who wants to be a photographer?
As I said above, the photo's along with the time, and all our path leads us to the discovery because of being a photographer.

Are there any brands, magazines, models, fashion talents, studios or agencies you’d like to collaborate with?
There are models who would like to shoot, the model in my dreams to shoot at the moment is the Florence Baitio because I'm charmed by her beauty.