Thiago Ramirez is a photographer and filmmaker and has been a co-owner at Catching Stars Gallery for almost two years.
He is the featured artist this month at Catching Stars Gallery and showcases his landscape photography and is exploring the macro world with his botanical themed pieces.
Arriving in Canada in 2016 from Brazil, Thi attended film and photography school. He was raised in a small town in Brazil and after finishing university and beginning his business career in the big centre of São Paulo, he longed for the lifestyle of a small community reminiscent of where he was born. When he set foot on Bowen Island it was love at first sight and Thi soon bought some land, a tiny house, and put down roots. One of those roots extends to Catching Stars Gallery where he joined first as an associate member of the cooperative gallery and became a co-owner in 2019 and he has not looked back.
His experience in business administration has been a welcome addition to the gallery team along with his sense of humour, balanced with curiosity and enthusiasm and an innate wisdom. He continues to push his creative vision with his photography and says being surrounded by the other amazing artists in the gallery has helped him push his photography to another level and he continues to discover new ways to capture his visions.
Setting up the shots is an adventure in itself as he finds himself researching and scouting remote locations, planning compositions, watching the light and shadows for the mood of the shot, long before releasing the shutter. Travels to other parts of the world have inspired the landscapes that capture the drama and light of the landscape – freezing a moment that most of us would never get to experience in person. He is pushing the scale of these works larger and they invite you into the experience be it of awe or calm.
One of the featured photographs “Hour Peak”, taken in the back country near Whistler, was a particular challenge in the planning; first researching the terrain, scouting the location for composition and the time of day to capture the shot. With his film and photography work, Thi is no stranger to hauling equipment into remote locations with challenging weather, terrain, long hours and complex logistics. His current favourite shot was set up with a time release to capture himself skiing down the slope. It took over 700 shots to capture the one he was happy with.
Storytelling is Thiago’s way to bring you into his world and experience your own adventure through his photography. He is now venturing into the world of creating documentary films, another way to express his calling to storytelling. You can see his featured works at Catching Stars Gallery and catch him in person at the gallery on Thursday, April 15, Friday, April 16 and again on Monday, April 26. There will be a draw to win one of his gorgeous botanical prints so drop by the gallery and enter to win.
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