Marconi Barretto, Las Vegas Member Since April 2011 Artist Statement Ever since I was a small child the beauty of Mother Earth has fascinated me. I gazed at the birds in the skies and wondered how everything looked from up above. I contemplated the rivers, waterfalls and forests in my back yard, the ocean and its infinite beauty, the mountains, the skies and the fields of flowers. I collected images of all sorts of landscapes and wondered what they would look like if I could capture them in the infinitude of time and space. The small child grew up and life took me to several different directions from where I had started. I was born in a small town in Rio Grande Do Norte, Brazil. My father was a successful landowner and having a son as a photographer was not the life he had envisioned for me. I went on and graduated in economics and carried on my family's business tradition, never forgetting my childhood dream.