José Mário Dias Motorsport Racing photographer

March 8, 2017 by Laura Gomez


Name: José Mário Dias

Age: 31
Birthday: October, 19.

Favorite Car: Ferrari F40 (Dream Car) – Ford Focus RS (Real Car)
Favorite Sports: Karting and Racing cars
Favorite Racedrivers: Colin McRae

How did you get into Motorsport/Racing?
Started creating websites for Brazilian drivers. Gradually I started to follow Stock Car Brasil races, and I started to photograph. I liked the photography so much that I stopped making websites and started to just photograph.

Why do you do Motorsport/Racing photos?
I think I like car races more than photography. My father was an amateur driver, I think I have “gasoline in my blood”, I live and breathe races, so being where I am is the realization of a dream.

What type of camera do you use most?
Nikon D4 and D750 Cameras. The lenses are varied, but I try to use the fixed lenses as much as possible, to give the photos more clarity. 500mm, 105, 50, 24mm … It all depends on the situation.

What is your favorite lens?
Nikon 105mm 1.2

What is the car you have had the most fun while driving? Race or street car?
Certainly a Nissan GT-R. And I also find it amazing when I can guide Kart Shifter, it’s very fast.

At what point did you know Motorsport/Racing photography was going to be more than just a hobby for you?
In 2007 when I stopped making websites and decided to dive into photography. At that time I do not know if it’s right or not, but, I knew I would try as hard as I could. And everything went well.

Who is your favorite childhood race car driver? Maybe someone who inspired you to want to be a driver too.
To tell you the truth, it was my father. Watching the TV race was Ayrton Senna, because it was he who was at the “apex” when I started to watch races.

What for you is the most enjoyable part of motorsport photography?
Listen to the engine snoring, see the overtaking and know that everything is happening there, in front of me, without being inside a TV.

Could you give some Racing tips?
We could talk for hours here. I like long races (24hs from Daytona, Le Mans, Sebring, Spa), in these races it is possible to see many parts of the track at different times. In addition to visiting the fan zones.

What do you think you would want to be if you weren’t a Racedriver/ Motorsport/Racing Photographer?
I can not imagine myself doing anything else away from the tracks. I believe that I would be good in the area of communication / marketing of some team. Obviously, my dream is to be a driver, but I do not think I have the talent for it.

Describe your best experience?
There are many different experiences. My first time in Daytona and LeMans were magical. Feeling that air is something different. – The first time I saw a WRC passing is something that chills me to this day, only to remember. But something that is indescribable is my participation (5) in the Dakar Rally. The Dakar is something different, it’s not just a rally competition, it’s a life experience. When you go to the rally, you become a better person.

Who are the sportsmen or sportswoman’s you admire the most?
There is a photographer in Brazil, whom I always mirrored, called Miguel Costa Jr. He is a sample for me as a person. How to behave in the market. Respect the next… After always being close to the driver Christian Fittipaldi, I also learned a lot about how to behave in the “racing world”, which is a very difficult world, but that it is possible to deal with all problems by always being sincere and honest.

What do you want your viewers to take away from your work?
For this question I have the answer ready. My intention is always that who is watching my photos think, “How did he do this?”

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