Creative Climbing with @brungraciano
To see more of Bruno’s photos from high altitudes, follow @brungraciano on Instagram.
“In most sports, you either win or lose. But climbing is about your own personal experience,” says 28-year-old Brazilian rock climber and photographer Bruno Graciano (@brungraciano). Bruno began climbing at the age of 15 near his hometown in Minas Gerais. Back then, his mother encouraged him to focus on his schoolwork. “Like any good mother, she would say, ‘Go study, there is no future in climbing,’” Bruno recalls.
Although Bruno is a seasoned climber, he is no stranger to fear. “I have been scared many times,” he says. “The danger of heights and the emptiness beneath you me are constants, but the confidence in my equipment gives me the reassurance I need to keep going.”
Nowadays, Bruno has found his calling as a professional photographer focused on outdoor sports, allowing him to combine his passion for photography with his athletic skills. Although Bruno has climbed in several different countries, one of his favorite climbing spots is Serra do Cipó, in his native Brazil. “The views are surreal and you can find climbers from all different backgrounds and skill levels there,” he says. Climbing in Brazil is different from other places, especially due to the country’s soaring daytime temperatures. “To adapt to the heat, we often climb at night,” Bruno explains. Like photography, climbing allows Bruno to get creative. “Every climb is different, and you are always faced with something new,” he says. “That is very inspiring.”