Gui Martinez is a Tokyo-based photographer born in the south of Brazil. He started to photograph the things around him from an early age. At 18 Martinez left Brazil again to see and experience the world and to find a place he could feel at home. He has now been based in Tokyo since 2009. Besides his film photography, he is also an art director, production designer and founder and editor-in-chief of the independent web-magazine, JAGR http://jagr-mag.com
He shared some special pictures from a recent trip to Borneo with Tilt and discussed the images and the journey with us;
‘I decided to go to Borneo together with another photographer friend of mine called Will Goodan. We chose Borneo because of its tropical weather, vegetation and beaches. We then decided to go to the north side of Borneo, which belongs to Malaysia and is called Sabah.
Malaysian people are extremely friendly and that’s always a huge plus when shooting portraits which is what I like shooting the most. We rented a car and crossed Sabah from Kota Kinabalu to the islands off of Semporna. It took us about two weeks. We came across so many interesting people and unusual situations that our main worry was whether we would have enough film to last until the end of our trip.
One of the most memorable moments of the trip was when we were swimming around the island of Sipadan. We had a very strong hangover from drinking super cheap Malaysian rum the night before.
We went out on a boat and as I was swimming around I noticed three sharks swimming just below me. I was pretty nervous and still half-drunk from the night before I started to have a laughing fit and told Will to swim over. At this point Will was being sick off the side of the boat. I convinced him he couldn’t miss out on what was swimming below me. He finally swam over and looked down to see what was down there. That moment right there was absolutely priceless. We cracked up laughing out of pure panic and semi-intoxication. I’ll never forget that.