Shot in 2006, the artist first photographic series, entitled “Brasileiros”, was planned to be a unique exploratory mission. Photographed during 45 days that Wickbold spent on the banks of the São Francisco River (one of the main rivers in Brazil, which crosses five states), traveling from the source to the mouth, photographing the people who live in the region. Although the photographer had little technique (but a lot of intuition) at the time, the series – which collected 10,000 images of ordinary people who barely knew what a camera was – turned out to be a source of inspiration that continued to shape Gabriel’s work over the years. “This period was really important to the way I see the world”, says Wickbold. “All my series connects to this point in my career in some way.”