I’m Barbara Kaucher, a Brazilian film-maker, photographer and illustrator currently living in Finland. And why Finland? It would be better to ask “why not?” My family and I had the opportunity to live here and we fell in love with this country. For me Finland is a continuous source of inspiration, I am absolutely in love with the local nature. I am very lucky to live in a particularly charming region, the Turku archipelago. My affection for the country can be easily seen in the videos, photos and illustrations I produce.
I’ve always been very attached to art since I was a child since I only ever need a pencil and paper to entertain myself. I was also always very attached to photography, I believe there is something very special about making a particular moment in time eternal. I also think that films are a way of connecting ourselves with stories and narratives, our own, and others.
As I said, I have always enjoyed shooting, but it was after my degree in philosophy that I began to devote myself to photography. Since then, photography has been my language, my refuge, a place where I find myself. A few years ago I rediscovered the pleasure of spending hours with papers and pencils, and I discovered a new love: watercolor. Since then I have also expressed myself through illustrations. More recently I expanded my visual language to filmmaking, it felt for me like a natural path on my pursue of stories with visual narratives, and I have been very happy with this line of work since I started.
In Brazil I worked for some years with commercial photography, where I specialized in gastronomy photography, focusing on the production of images for social media and marketing. Currently, in Finland, I work with the production of images, filmmaking, photographic, and illustrations. I believe a film, photo, or an illustration can be more than just an image. For images to enchant us it is necessary that they have a narrative, they have to refer to memories and sensations, they must provoke feelings. It is this provocation of feelings that I seek in my work.