Behind the Lens with Thiago Coelho

, 17 March 2021
Behind the Lens with Thiago Coelho
Bumble bee on chives @ Thiago Coelho

Tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Thiago, I'm 29 years old and was born in Brazil, but I also have a Portuguese passport. I came to England three years ago. I live in Haywards Heath and work as a team leader for a ground operations company at Gatwick Airport. 

I care about wildlife because animals have no voice, they deserve to be seen and someone needs to speak for them. Through photography, I want to show the world the beauty of nature, wildlife and our planet.

Gull brighton

Which photographers inspire you?

Gaspard-Félix Tournachon (Nadar) was a photographer in the 19th century and a pioneer. The aerial photos we see taken by drones - he took similar ones but from an air balloon. I really admire his creativity. Sebastião Salgado is one of the best social documentary photographer and photojournalists, Lucas Pinhel for his creativity when he takes his photos and in post-production, his essence is in the photos. And Gregory Piper, who is a photographer who contributes directly to National Geographic and has a passion for photographing wildlife.


When and why did you develop an interest in photography?

I started to like photography when I took some road trips with my parents when I was a child. My dad had an old camera and I liked to play with it. Years later my parents bought a camera for me to start my first steps and I am very grateful for that, today I can't live without my camera by my side.

What equipment do you use, in brief?

Canon Mirrorless R; Canon RF 24-105mm F4-7.1 IS STM, Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM and Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM; NEEWER Premium LED Bulbs, Speedlite 600EX II-RT.

What's your favourite wildlife shot?

My favourite photo wildlife photo was when I was traveling in the Atacama desert in Chile in June 2017 and we saw a group of flamingos flying above a reddish lagoon, so beautiful.

Have you ever had any surprises when you’ve been out with a camera?

I visited Petworth Park a few months ago to walk and photograph when I came across a big group of deer. And I had never seen that, because where I lived in Brazil, there are no deer. That was all very beautiful. 

Deer petworth 3

Any tips?

Follow your dreams. I should have done this from the start, before I even graduated in accounting. Photography is and has always been my passion.


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  • I know Thiago for a few years. He’s a great guy, big heart and an amazing photographer. I think everybody should do things with love like Thiago does with his photos. Great interview and i miss you, buddy!

    17 Mar 2021 23:04:00

  • Lucibela Coelho:

    my name is Lucibela Coelho, I am the mother of Thiago Coelho and as a mother I would like to say how much I admire and feel proud of the dedicated and responsible person that he is, even in the face of so many difficulties but who feels very welcomed, as if he were in your own home. It is very gratifying to see you happy, staying firm, dedicated and responsible in the pursuit of your dream. Sensitivity is focused on everything that is natural and beautiful and that can only be seen and experienced with the lens of the heart. Congratulations on the beautiful work, my son. Love you !

    20 Mar 2021 21:56:00