Bruna Valença

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Bruna Valença and I’m a photographer and video maker. I’m from Recife, Pernambuco, in Brazil, and I’m 24 years old. I started taking photos at 14 years old and the addiction to making images evolved pretty quickly. I’m sure I’ll do this for the rest of my life. I love experimenting with different formats and fell in love with the analog world about seven years ago.

What got you started on photography and how long have you been into it?

I’ve always been a very observant person. I like looking around me and I noticed that some images stuck to my mind. It was through that habit that I developed the need to register the important moments. My father gave me a portable camera when I turned fourteen and that was the beginning of everything.

What fascinates you about photography? How would you describe your work and photographic style?

Photography for me is something very tangible. It is an extension of my thoughts, my dreams, desires, feelings. What fascinates me in photography is being able to express myself through this tool. It’s really limitless! I think my style attempts to portray an ethereal atmosphere, like a dream, since most of my ideas come at night, and my biggest challenge is to tell a story through images.

What kind of gear do you use?

Currently my gear consists of 15 analog cameras, and a Canon 5D Mark III. I like to experiment a lot and have recently been using mirrors and prisms.

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What is your post processing workflow? Do you use any filters, techniques?

I post during the week on Flickr and always select the pictures I took that caught my eye somehow. Since I shoot a lot in analog, I don’t like to manipulate the images in 35mm and 120, so I don’t use any filters on them. I post them raw. With the digital ones, I like to edit thinking first about the story I want to tell through the image, creating a specific mood for it.