By Albert Smith
Originally published on Advocate.com February 06 2010 6:00 AM ET
Why are you a photographer?
The arts have always been part of my life — drawing, paint. I studied arts, film, and fashion photography. I always liked to observe and go on record in some way with my passion for the male. Photography fascinated me — the speed at which you can leave these moments recorded. I am fascinated by the light, and I feel like a voyeur, watching.
What catches your eye?
The male beauty and simplicity, the volumes of the muscles, the smiles; the bodies are exhibited, sometimes naive, sometimes malicious ... sensuality, brutality.
How do you choose your subjects?
Observing the daily life of a normal man. I like to know the model before, talk, try to watch their voices, manners. I try to bring them to the maximum — after that I decide how I will photograph. I have a notebook, and I like writing ideas, The styling is not important; I prioritize the model.
How do you describe your work?
That of a photographer in love with male beauty, without labels. I do not like to classify my work as erotic or porno, never really did it — only moments of beautiful men in various situations, sometimes sensual.
What makes a good photograph to you?
You have to love what you do, try to be objective and determined, like everything that can be part of what you want to show, be updated, be honest. With digital photography, people who never thought to be photographers want to be photographers. I wonder how to be a good photographer in the middle it all.
Who are your favorite artists? And why?
I spent my life seeing the work of Herb Ritts and Bruce Weber — I think they influence me a lot. I like the simplicity, naturalness, only men in various everyday situations, without labels — only the grandeur of male beauty.
Didio was born in Rio de Janeiro and lived there for 20 years before moving to São Paulo, where he lives today. More of Didio’s work can be seen at http://www.didiophoto.com.