It’s a Saturday night in late February. The year is 1986. I am eight-and-a-half years old and I’m getting ready for bed. I’m very excited for the morning to arrive.
That’s because, in just a few hours, something will happen that’s been happening
almost every Sunday for the last year. I’ll feel my father’s hand on my shoulder,
shaking me awake as his voice says, “Gabri, wake up! It’s six o’clock. We’re going fishing.”
For over a year, ever since my mom gave my dad a little fishing boat, this has been our Sunday routine – my father and I, alone or sometimes with friends, head out to Lake Trasimeno.
It’s a day just for us, a day of waiting, of talking, and of long silences. Luckily, the bursts of good cheer over the catch of a fish aren’t too few or far between.
It’s been thirty years since those Sunday mornings, and the most vivid childhood memories I have with my father are, without a doubt, the ones connected to fishing.
He still goes, almost every Sunday. As for me – maybe because I’m hardly ever home, perhaps because, when I am, I’m too lazy to get up at six in the morning –
I haven’t gone with him for many years.
Now it’s my brother-in-law and nephew’s turn to go fishing with him.
Lately, I’ve been enjoying spending Sundays with my friends, often in the company of their children. Almost everyone around me has become a parent over the last few years. A couple of friends and I are the only ones in our group who still don’t have kids of our own.
I naturally began to observe how the others were raising their children.
I watch them playing together, hear the arguments and the kids’ complaints at mealtimes or at bedtime.
I’ve often been the one in charge of the kids when those moments happen.
Just maybe, all of these things are making me start to want to be a father.
When I watch my closest friends, as well as all of the fathers that I meet around the world, and when I recall those memories from my childhood of the time spent with my dad, I feel like I’m preparing myself for my moment, if it ever arrives.
That is why I’ve decided to make the relationships between fathers and their
children the focus of this project.
Wherever I am in the world, when I meet a father I ask him to tell me about a special moment he has spent with his children and, when I can, I photograph them together.
That is how I have put together this collection of stories of fathers and their children – stories that I take as either lessons or advice for those who, like me, might have kids of their own someday.
San Francisco, California - Jared Katz (37) and his children, Isadora (7) and Roscoe (4)
Jared was born and raised in San Francisco. He has spent his whole life here. “My mother used to bring me to walk on the beach almost every day when I was a kid.” At least twice a week, Jared brings his children (and the dog) for a long walk on the beach. His children love to collect shells.“They have a huge collection of conchs and other shells at home. They love to get every size and color, so walking on the beach with them sometimes takes a lot of time. They stop every 30 seconds because they see a different shell. ”
Tokyo, Japan – Takeshi Masuma (40), Luna (7) and Nene (3)
Takeshi was born in Kanagawa, south of Tokyo, but he grew up in Nara and, later, in Fukushima. Now he lives in Tokyo with his wife and two daughters.
Takeshi works as an accountant for a news and journalism agency. His hobby is photography, and he’d like to become a photojournalist. He works 40 hours a week when he doesn’t do overtime. He doesn’t have much free time to spend with his daughters, but when he does, he loves to take them to karaoke. “We love to sing at the top of our lungs and pretend we’re rock stars. Sometimes we do it at home, too, but our neighbors get mad, so we have to come here.”
Maniche, Haiti – Jhonny Labossière (32) and Jiounelca (2)
Jhonny was born in Maniche, a small village in the jungle in the south of Haiti, and that’s where he has always lived. His daughter Jiounela was born 2 years ago. He lives with his daughter and his wife in a tiny house near the river, in the middle of the forest, completely disconnected from every modern comfort, including electricity. Jhonny raises animals and grows fruits and vegetables. Everything he produces goes towards feeding his family. Sometimes he goes fishing on the river, even though, to hear him tell it, he's not very good at it. He spends a lot of time with his daughter. Their favorite activity is playing in the water.
Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, UK - Dean Colyer (49), Alisha (13), Harugy (10), Gracie-Lee (9) and Hilly (7)
Dean had always worked for a cooperative that offers cleaning services, but he lost his job about a year ago and now he is unemployed. Occasionally, though, he does some cleaning in the McDonald’s restaurants in the areas neighboring his town. “It’s not a great job, but it’s still better than not doing anything.”At home, he’s the one who takes care of the children, does the cooking (he says he's a good cook), and the cleaning, of course. In part, this is because he has a lot more free time than his wife, who works. “I love playing football with Harugy, and I take the little girls to do dance and swimming. Alisha, the eldest, loves art, so sometimes she takes me around to visit museums.”
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil – Esteban Israel (45), Niko (11) and Olivier (5)
Esteban is a citizen of the world. He was born in Uruguay, but then lived in Spain until he was 14. He went back to Uruguay, but since, over the years, he has lived in different parts of the world working as a journalist. His first son, Niko, was born in Rome and spent his early years in Cuba, where his brother Olivier was born. For 3 years now, the whole family, Mom included, have been living in Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil.Esteban no longer works as a journalist. Now he works as a PR rep in the communications sector for Facebook South America. He spends most of the week in Sao Paulo, the largest city in Brazil, 6 hours from Rio by car. On weekends he’s at home, and he loves to spend time with his children.Esteban has a passion for cooking. He loves teaching his children recipes and then making them together.
Jan Huygens (41) and Roos Eline (5), from Belgium (photo taken in the Red Sea, Egypt)
Jan was born and raised in Belgium, where he lives, in Lummen, with his wife and daughter.He works for the government and, more specifically, he manages a company that works on the maintenance of the water canals. In the past, Jan was a scuba diving instructor, and he worked for a few years in Greece. This year, for the first time, he came on vacation to the Red Sea, in Egypt, because he wants to start teaching his daughter, Roos Eline, how to dive. “She seems to be super comfortable in the water. It is something that comes naturally to her. I’m sure she’ll be a fantastic diver,” he says.
Cahuita, Costa Rica – Michael Chamorro Suarez (32), Johan (7), Jamie (5), Sofia (5) and Giulia (1)
Michael was born and raised in Cahuita, a little town (population roughly 1000) on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Over 10 years ago, when he was still a teenager, he opened the first pizzeria in town. He still owns it. He still works there, too. It’s now the most successful restaurant in Cahuita, and every night it is full of tourists and locals.Michael works every day, from 5 p.m. until late at night, so he’s free to spend time with his children every morning and also for a few hours after lunch. They love to go biking together but, even more than that, they love to play and jump on the trampoline.Michael also loves teaching his children yoga.
Vevey, Switzerland – Jason Singer (39), Juliette (10) and Lenny (7)
Jason was born in Vevey, Switzerland, a very nice, small city on the eastern coast of Lake Geneva. Ever since he was 12, he has loved skateboarding and skiing. Around ten years ago, he opened his first skateboard shop. Now he owns two shops, one in Lausanne and one in Geneva. He loves to go skateboarding with his children and they love that, too. His son, Lenny, also has a passion for climbing and his daughter, Juliette, for hip-hop dance.Every Wednesday, he has his day off from work, and so he spends the whole day with his children. “During the summer, on hot days like today, we love to take our skateboards and ride from home to this canal, then jump into the water to cool off,” he says.
San Francisco, California - Francisco (51), Jonathan (48) and Tallulah (5)
Nearly 6 years ago, Jonathan adopted Tallulah together with his first husband, who, unfortunately, died a few months later. A year later he met Francisco, who is now part of the family. Two months ago, Francisco signed the adoption papers to become Tallulah's second parent. Jonathan is a children’s neurologist, but Francisco is retired, so he stays at home to cook and take care of the house. Francisco and Tallulah often cook together. “She loves to help me in the kitchen,” Francisco tells me. “We usually bake cakes together and sometimes we also like to make a wonderful dinner for Jonathan. He’s really happy when he comes back from work and finds the table covered with good food prepared by Tallulah and me.”
Berlin, Germany – Alessandro Kola (40) and Teresa (10)
Alessandro was born in Rome in 1977. He’s always been active in the world of the underground. In 1998 he helped to found Sound System Kernel Panik, which is still going strong. He also founded the Body Suspension & Fakir Show “Freak's Bloody Tricks.” For years he performed at Tattoo Conventions and clubs around Europe. In 2009 he moved to Berlin, following the birth of his first daughter, Teresa. In 2011, Tilda Joy was born, followed by a son, Andreas Ayden, in 2016. In Berlin he helped to bring the “Berlin Invasion” into being and became a resident DJ at the Mensch Meier. He invites DJs from the Techno/Acid scene to come from all around the world for an event once every two months. For a few years now he’s been working with Soundreef, a start-up that began in England and which is now the only real alternative to the Italian copyright collecting society (SIAE).“I love to read books to my children every night before they go to sleep. It is a magic moment”
Florence, Italy – Paolo Woods (46), Enea (5) and Sara (2)
Paolo was born in Holland, of a Dutch mother and a Canadian father, but, when he was only two months old, his family moved to Florence, where he lived for 20 years before he started traveling the world as a photographer. For the last 15 years his home bases have been first Paris and then Haiti. It was on that Caribbean island that he and his partner Sabali conceived their first son, Enea. About 3 years ago, Paolo and his family came back to live in Italy, in the city that Dante called home, and that is where their daughter Sara was born.
Every day, Enea and Sara go to a special preschool, called “the preschool in the forest.” It is a place high up in the hills surrounding Florence, a preschool where children play in the woods, walk around in the fresh air and learn to recognize plants and animals. Paolo takes them there every morning on his bicycle, 15 km uphill on the way and 15 km coming back (downhill this time, luckily). “It’s one of the best moments of the day. We listen to music and sing as we slowly get further away from the city. Plus, besides having a great time with my kids, it's one way to keep a little bit in shape!”
Barcelona, Spain – Ignacio Martin (42), Daniel (10) and Flavia (8)
Ignacio was born in Zaragoza, Spain, but he grew up living with his family in different places: Hungary, Germany, and Italy. Now he lives in Barcelona with his Italian wife and his 2 children, Daniel and Flavia. Ignacio works for a big multinational company and travels often, to many different countries. He speaks four languages perfectly. “My son Daniel loves to climb. Ever since he was a small baby he has been climbing everywhere in the house. That is why I decided to bring him to climbing lessons two years ago. Now, even my daughter Flavia and I love climbing, and we all come here at least twice a week. Flavia also loves swimming. When I have time, I go to the pool with her. Otherwise, my wife Sara goes.”
Breda, The Netherlands – Raoul Oomen (43), Tijn (6) and Ole (4)
Raoul is from Portugal originally, but he has been living in Holland for many years. He’s a successful entrepreneur and owns a consulting company that operates in the oil and gas sector.He lives in Breda with his wife and children. He commutes to Rotterdam for work every day, by train or by car. “It’s a little stressful, but I’d rather live in a small city than in Rotterdam.”He travels to the Middle East, too, about 5 or 6 times a year.Raoul doesn’t have much free time to be with his family. He’s mostly only able to spend time with them on weekends, which he loves spending with his children. Lately, their favorite pastime has been bicycling. “Ole, the youngest, is just now learning to ride by himself, so I still have to help him all the time and be careful that he doesn't fall.”
Las Vegas, Nevada - James Wade (36) with his children, Dejah (15), Tyler (12) and Haden (8)
James was born and raised in Las Vegas. He met his wife almost 20 years ago and they had their first child when they were only 20. Then they had another two children.James has a great passion for guns and rifles, and he loves to go to shooting ranges with his family. Every weekend, though, if the weather is good, James brings his children to shoot in the desert. They have 6 guns and 3 rifles. They put targets like cans, bottles and pieces of wood on top of rocks and then they all shoot at the them. They also often have shooting contests.
Dubai, U.A.E. – Fouad Kuyali (35), Mazen (4) and Julie (2)
Fouad was born and raised in Aleppo, in Syria. He studied engineering in India, where he also earned a master’s in “science and information technology.” After university, he found work in Dubai, where he remained for a year before returning to Syria. It was there that he met and immediately married his wife. Shortly after the wedding, he went back to live in Dubai, taking his wife and mother-in-law with him. Both of his children were born in the Emirates and have never been to Syria, because, in the time since they left, war has broken out in their native land. “I suffer a lot over the state of my country, and I suffer even more because I cannot take my children there. Still, every day when I come home from work and get to spend a couple of hours with my children, I love to tell them stories of Syria and let them experience some of my own memories.”
Taichung, Taiwan – Chung Mang Che (40), Chung Jui Han (9), Chung Kai Eing (8) and Chung Jia Ying (6)
Mang Che was born and raised in Yulin, a city in the central part of the island of Taiwan. At the age of 25 he was already working as a firefighter. He met his wife one day when she had a car accident and he was the one on the scene. After he helped her, they realized they liked each other. They became a couple and it wasn’t long before they got married. Over the years, they've had 3 daughters. “We moved to Taichung not long ago, to give priority to our daughters’ education. Here, the schools are better.” When Mang Che has a day off, he loves taking his daughters to play basketball, but “unfortunately,” he says, their favorite pastime is watching TV together every evening.
Florence, Italy – Davide Woods (42), Noah (8), Ian (2)
Davide is a musician and music therapist. He plays multiple instruments, but his favorite is the saxophone. He plays in a jazz group and works with people with many different types of disorders or traumas to cope with, from autistic children to groups of women who have undergone mastectomies. For each person, he designs a special treatment path and a unique musical approach. That’s one more reason why his house is full of a variety of musical instruments from all around the world. Naturally, they have also become his children's playthings. For the moment, Noah is exhibiting a distinct preference for the drums. David was born into an international family, and in his home the language is constantly switching between Italian, French, English and Hebrew.
Barcelona, Spain - Jordi Luque (38) and Rai (4)
Jordi was born and raised in Barcelona, Spain. He studied to become a chef, not because his life’s ambition is to cook, but because he would love to be a food critic. He also earned a master's in gastronomy and tourism from the University of Barcelona. Now he keeps a blog where he writes critiques of restaurants in Barcelona and around Spain. His blog is the most widely read in Catalonia. Jordi also writes a lot of critiques for the most important magazines in Spain. He loves to bring his son, Rai, to eat at restaurants with him. “I want to educate my son in good food. I like to share my meals with him and ask him what he thinks. Sometimes, he also tastes some flavor that I don't and involuntarily gives me suggestions for my articles.”
Hon Atsugi, Japan – from left to right: Rea (6), Takayasu (39), Yushi (4), Ryota (9), Kota (6) and Masami (43)
Takayasu and Masami are brothers. The former lives in Hon Atsugi and has two children, a boy and a girl, while the latter, who lives in Ebina, also has two children, both sons. Every weekend, for the last 5 years at least, they have all been meeting up at their parents’ (their children's grandparents’) home for a family gathering that lasts at least a day, sometimes two. Takayasu sells computer systems for a multinational company, but until 10 years ago he was a professional soccer player who played in Argentina. Masami works as an accountant at a gas distribution company. Their favorite pastime when they all get together is to play video games or watch manga films on TV.
Wadala slum, Mumbai, India – Rizwan Shaikh (24), Zafinah (3) and Zeenath (3 months)
Rizwan was born and raised in the Wadala Slum in Mumbai. He met his wife, Sana, at her older sister's wedding. Her family was not very happy about them getting married, because they don't believe in marriage for love. The couple didn’t care and got married anyway. Once it was done, the family had no choice but to accept it.He works directly from home, as a local internet provider for the areas of Wadala and Sewree. He's been doing this job for 2 years. He used to work at a local cable provider, but then, as he saw the demand for Internet access increasing more and more, he got the idea of starting his own business. He currently has 600 customers. Business is good and he wants to expand.Rizwan loves his daughters. His family were the only ones at the hospital who were happy about having girls. Unlike most people where he is from, he feels girls are gifts from God. “Everybody want to have boys. They think they may support you and your family!I would like my older one to become a doctor. For the little one, I’d like her to get into something related to Islam, but I’m open to whatever she may want to do in life.”
Xiamen, China – Gu Tao (36) and Gu Zi Auxan (5)
Tao and his son Zi Auxan are originally from Beijing. “This is the first time we’ve come to this park here in Xiamen. We usually go to a garden closer to the sea. When we were coming here we saw that there were some children playing on this hill, sliding down on some kind of sleds made of plastic. It looked like a lot of fun and we decided to try it right away. I think this is going to become our favorite pastime for the next few weeks,” Tao tells me. He works in electronics, and his speciality is fine-tuning the electronic components of industrial machinery.
Port-au-Prince, Haiti – Ilio Gezmeil (40), Donalson (17), Wisline (11) and Mirma (2)
Ilio was born and raised in chaotic Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. Like most Haitians, he didn’t go to school and he began working when he was very young. From age 15 to 30 he was a construction worker, but then he decided to change jobs and become a motorcycle-taxi driver, because he says he can earn a little more doing this. He starts work every day at 5 in the morning, driving customers around on his motorcycle until at least 8 at night. He isn’t at home much, so he spends very little time with his children. Sunday afternoon is his only time off and he loves to spend it with them. They love for him to take them around on his motorcycle. “It's a little like working,” he says, “but doing it with my children is much nicer.”
Kuldiga, Latvia – Eriks Oficier (43) and Renate (8)
Eriks was born and raised in a small village in the middle of the dense forests in the western part of Latvia. He spent his entire life there, although he recently moved to Kuldiga, a slightly bigger town. His grandfather was a carpenter, and he worked on the construction of Kuldiga Castle. “I always looked at my grandpa as a hero. I loved the idea that he built the castle, and that is why I decided that I wanted to be a carpenter, too.”Now, Eriks has his own workshop. He works mainly with wood. He builds furniture for houses and he also teaches carpentry to the children at a small school.“My daughter Renate loves to help me with my work and play with some of the tools that I have here in the shop. She come here every time she doesn’t have school. Together we build little objects for the house and sometimes even toys. She also loves the noise of the machines that I have here and she often asks me to turn them on even when I don’t need to use them.”
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil – Vik Muniz (55), Francesco Bonelli (12), Dora (4)
Vik Muniz is a famous Brazilian artist. He recently broke out of the niche of “alternative” artists, bursting onto the public stage with his film lixo extraordinário, which was nominated for an Oscar and received many other prestigious awards. It’s a little difficult to put a finger on exactly what it is Vik Muniz does, because he has been experimenting and inventing for many years, always avoiding traditional mediums and materials. For instance, instead of traditional oil painting on canvas, he “paints” small-scale works using sugar, peanut butter or liquid chocolate. On a larger scale, he “paints” by assembling groups of objects, sometimes very large objects. Some of his works grow quite large, such as his triptych representing the world, made up of technological waste (old computers and peripheral devices, telephones, etc.), which measures 50 x 210 meters. In this photo, Vik is shown with his daughter Dora, born 4 years ago from his marriage with Malù, and with Francesco Bonelli, Malù’s son from a previous marriage. Vik loves to play with his children in the garden of his house.
Austin, Texas - Timothy Klatt (32), with his children Ogden (6), Amity (4) and Lillian (5 months)
Timothy was born and raised in Austin, Texas. He studied mechanics and, after university, he worked for the Air Force for 4 years. “I loved that job. Every day I was busy, finding solutions for a lot of interesting problems! But, after four years, I felt like I needed to do something different.” He decided to change his life and so, recently, he opened a brewery. “Beer is my great passion. I love the chemistry behind beer. That’s why I decided to start making it. I studied a lot for this and I also did a lot of experimenting, and now I’m really happy with the beers I produce. They are really good.”Timothy enjoys bringing his children to the brewery to play. He also teaches his children the beer recipes and he likes that they are learning how to make them. “Sometimes they help me with the work and I love that.”
New Taipei City, Taiwan – Chang Lin Tsai (38) and Ming Shiang Tsai (4)
Chang Lin was born 38 years ago in Hsinchu, a city in central Taiwan. There he studied to become an elementary school teacher and, immediately after completing his studies, he moved to New Taipei City, the new and expanding section of the capital, Taipei, to look for work.He found a job and now, every morning, he wakes up and goes to school to teach mathematics and other less technical subjects to 25 children, all under 10 years of age. His job is also where he met the woman who is now his wife, and with whom he has a son, born 4 years ago. Chang Lin loves taking his son to the park every day.“Ming Shiang loves to climb trees. He’s not afraid of anything, and if I weren't paying attention he would climb all the way to the top. I prefer reading books to him. Actually, he likes that, too, but not for longer than half an hour!”
Sharjah, U.A.E. – Amel Sharief (45), Alma (11), Leena (9), Aya (4) and Mohamed (2)
Amel was born 45 years ago in Sudan, where he grew up and lived for 30 years. In 2002, after he’d met the woman who is now is wife, also from Sudan, they decided to move to the Arab Emirates, because he’d found a good job there. Their children were all born in Dubai but, at least once a year, Amel is able to take them to Sudan for a couple of weeks. “I’m very proud of my origins and I would also like my children to have a chance to know the country we come from better. My deepest desire is to one day be able to bring my whole family back to Sudan.” Amel loves bringing his children to play in a park by the seaside and watching the sunset together.
Xiamen, China – Lin Jia De (30) and Lin Chen Xin (4)
Jia De was born and raised in Xiamen, the city where he still lives with his wife and his four-year-old daughter. He works as a building contractor and his company specializes in skyscrapers. His wife works at the fish market, often on weekends as well, so it is he who takes care of their daughter on Saturdays and Sundays. “Chen Xin loves to play with her kite. She says she can fly it higher than the houses I build.”
Mumbai, India – Tirupati Pogla (32) and Yashika Pogla (5)
Tirupati was born and raised in Mumbai. Ever since he was a young man he has worked as a personal driver, a job he still does today.
He met his wife, Sapna, when they were both in college. Six years ago they got married. Theirs was a marriage of love, not an arranged marriage, something that is unfortunately still not very common in India. Tirupati runs marathons. He runs in at least 3 every year. Sometimes he takes his daughter running with him, even though he says it’s still too early for her to begin training. One thing they love to do together is to go and pray at the temple of Lord Hanuman. “I used to waste my time when I was young, loitering around and not doing anything, but ever since I started praying to Hanuman everything has gone well for me and my life has changed for the better. This is why I want my daughter to get in the habit of coming here often.
Mexico City, Mexico – Sergio Colin (44) and his 3 children.
Sergio was born and raised in Mexico City. He met his wife when he was 25 and now they have 3 children together. Sergio doesn’t want to tell their names. He owns an electronics shop in a working-class neighborhood of Mexico City. Sergio and his 3 kids love going to the “lucha” (Mexican wrestling) every Friday night. “My children love this show. They dream of becoming fighters. Sometimes they try to design their own masks. Then, they jump on the bed imagining they’re in the ring. It is really fun to see them doing this.”
Bogotá, Colombia – Manuel Villa (39), Elias (2) and Lila (7 months)
Manuel is a successful architect in Bogotá, the city where he was born and raised. His firm provides jobs for 4 people, a fact of which he is very proud. “I am happy to do my job. I love it, but I’m even happier to be able to give jobs to 4 other architects as passionate about their work as I am,” he tells me. Two years ago, Manuel became a father for the first time, and then again 7 months ago. He loves going with his two children on walks in the forests near the city. “We love being surrounded by nature. My family also has two homes in the country, where we have animals and fields. My children, especially Elias, the eldest, love to spend time there and to play with the cows.”
Male, Maldives – Hussain Riyaz (32) and Aishath Eshal (7)
Hussain was born on H.Dh.Nolhivaram, a small atoll north of the Maldivian capital. When he was two years old, he and his family moved to Male, the only real city in the archipelago. From the time he was a child he dreamed of becoming a police offer and, luckily, he was able to make his dream come true. He works a lot, which is why he'd like to find a way to move to a smaller island, where his job as a police officer would be a quieter one. He has two children, a 7-year-old girl and a 6-month-old boy.“Ever since my son was born, taking care of Aishath Eshal has fallen largely to me. The baby stays mostly at home with his mother, while I go outside to play with my daughter. She loves swimming in the sea, so we often come to the only beach there is here in Male, which, unfortunately, is an artificial beach. I find it pretty ridiculous that, in the capital of the Maldives, there’s only one beach and that it’s fake... still, it’s a nice place and we like coming here very much.”
Portland, Oregon, USA – Galen Malcolm (24) and his son Leon (3)
Galen studied sociology and graphic design, but now he works in a restaurant. He’s also one of the most well-known graffiti artists in Portland. When he was 19, he had a child with his girlfriend. They are not together anymore, so Leon spends 50% of his time with his father and 50% with his mother. Galen recently started making little paintings, which he then shows and sells in galleries. “I love to paint with my child and teach him to draw. He’s really good. I think he has a talent for drawing. Who knows? Maybe he’ll become a much better artist than me,” Galen says, smiling.
Abrico Beach, Brazil – Johnny (34) and Thales (2)
Johnny was born 34 years ago in Minas Gerais, but he has lived near Rio de Janeiro for about 10 years. He works as a truck driver and is often away from home. “Unfortunately, I don't have much free time to spend with my son. Sometimes I’d like to bring him along with me in my truck, but then I realize that it wouldn’t be a good idea at all,” he tells me, laughing. On weekends, he loves to come to the beach with his wife and son.“I discovered this naturist beach not too long ago. Here in Brazil, there aren’t many of them, unfortunately. I like to be naked here and, together with my son, to experience this sensation of freedom and total contact with nature.”