Sandra Cattaneo Adorno was born in Rio de Janeiro, a city that Brazilians also call ‘a cidade maravilhosa’, the marvellous city.
Its strong light, the water of the ocean and the hills on which it stretches combine to create an environment with a peculiar quality that is difficult to define in terms other than magic. She finds it fascinating how people interact with the water: its liquid surface reflects light in ever changing and unpredictable ways, which she enjoys trying to capture.


For her 60th birthday, Sandra Cattaneo Adorno’s husband gave her a second-hand camera and her daughter made her take a beginners’ photography course; she was impressed by the possibility of interacting with the world in this new way and now, five years later, at the age of 65, she is even more in love with photography. It is never too late to pursue  our passions and to pick up a camera.