Behind the camera: Afonso Bastos

Afonso_BastosWho are you? My name is Afonso Bastos and I’m from Coimbra, Portugal. I’m a 23 years old freelance photographer. 

How did you get started? I’ve started just for fun. Taking photographs was a funny way to spend my time and try to capture everything around me. When I entered university, I developed an interest in photojournalism and, with the aid of my teacher Sofia Figueiredo, I had the opportunity to work with some local newspapers. In 2011, I took some photos at a local music festival and then I realised that music photography really brings something new to my life. As a music addict, I have, now, the chance to merge two of my biggest passions into one job.

What’s in the bag? Now, I’m dealing with some problems because my Canon 40D is broken and I have to buy a new camera. But, in my normal gear bag, I’ve got a Canon 40D, a Canon 70-200mm f/4, my kit lens, the Canon 18-55mm and a Canon 50mm f/1.8.

Which photographers do you admire? At the moment, my biggest references are Danny North and Tom Martin. I usually follow almost everything from NME photographers but those two are my major references.

Your top 3 tips for music photographers? I don’t have many tips to give but I think that if you really want to shoot music, you have to love it and live it. And when you’re in the photographers’ pit, you just need to forget about the rest of the world and live the moment.

My favourite shot is? I guess my favourite shot is from António Zambujo. I took it last summer, at Fusing Culture Experience. I really love the emotion of the picture. I think it’s a precious and unique moment when the musician seems to be alone with his guitar, breathing his music and feeling that specific moment.

How can we find out more about you and find more of your work? You can find me at the following links:

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