Office tale of Silvio Severino, freelance photographer

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Who are you : 

My name is Silvio Severino. Im originally from Porto Alegre , south Brazil .I’ve been living in Europe around 16 years between London , Zurich , Budapest and now Brussels .I work on photography , animation ( GIF/cinemagraph ) and Collage .


Your current job : 

Freelance photographer , I also work with GIF/cinemgraph animation and collage


In which city are you located? 

I live now in Brussels , Belgium

A word to define what kind of worker you are : 



What tools are essential to your life (app, software, etc..) 

Photography – Canon MK III , Tripod ( I use it a lot for my long exposure shots ) Apple computer , Lightroom , Photoshop . GIF / Cinemagraph – Computer , photoshop , Flixel software Canon for the cinematography , no known copyright restrictions photography on Flickr for my GIFs animations. Photoshop animation tool .Glue , scissors and cutter for the collage work .

I normally work with paper for collage to give my brain a good balance between digital and analogue world .


What does your office space look like? 

I bit messy . Organized chaos .


What kind of music do you listen when you are working ? 

Music is very important for my creative work . I normally have the internet radio on BBC 6 Music Depending of my mood . 70s / 80s Brazilian music and Bossa Nova. A lot of British indie music . Recently I’ve been playing bands like Outfit , Dutch Uncles and C Duncan album Architects , new Radiohead album I have some albums that help me when I’m blocked creatively .They have a big impact on my unconscious. David Sylvian ‎– Gone To Earth Antonio Carlos Jobim – Wave Marvin gale – what’s Going On Leonard Cohen – First album Duruty collom – LC Milton Nascimento -Clube da Esquina Luis Melodia – Perola Negra

The list continues ….


Do you have a way to organize your day to maximize your work ? 

Not really , I try to reserve a part of the day for my work , but its depends of the flow of creativity . If I have an idea I work on it till I finish the work . Its can take hours or days sometimes If I work in an a project for a client a put a lot of time and effort on it . No time to finish . I work till I get a good result

What tips would you give to improve productivity ? 

To be receptive to everything around you . Takes notes of all idea come in your mind. Keep your work space as confortable as possible .You are  better than your colleagues to :  Im work alone , But based in what I discuss with my friends in the same field I don’t think I’m better then any of them in any aspect .

What is the best advice anyone has given you ? 

Do your own thing and keep doing it . One day the right people will notice your talent and things can change . Nothing come easy , you may struggle , but its part of the process 


What is your best tip for saving time ? 

Be organized , to know where to find the material for my work . Principally in my collage work . I sometimes spend a good amount of time just to find that picture I saw last week and can fix perfect on the piece I’m working at the moment


What is your routine start and end of the day ? 

I’m very erratic about that . As I mention before all depends of the creative flow . Anyway , if I have an assessment with dead line I normally work during the day till night ,but I like to finish it in the next morning . It give me an certain different perspective of the work . And also , if the work still looks good in the next day , its probably a good work .


Aside from your computer and your phone, what gadget can you not you go without? 

My Canon 5D MK III , Tripod .. and head phones !!