The process of ‘return’ is one that many creatives have tried to grapple with; the process of returning to one’s roots and facing memories, attachments and maybe even fears from years long past. This is the focus of Gleeson Paulino’s Batismo, an enchanting series which documents his return to Brazil, and the way nature provided him with a new home.
At the age of just 17, Gleeson left his hometown of Eldorado and made the near 5,000 mile move to London. The journey was a means of escaping the “strict” religion Gleeson grew up in – one he likens to the environment of the Amish community. “I always felt very caged, especially the guilt of being gay in those communities,” Gleeson shares. “When I came to London, I finally had the feeling that I could be myself, and experience life more freely without fear of rigid rules.”
However, after a number of years living in London, Gleeson began to have feelings of restlessness, and a desire to return to his home country. “It was becoming clear to me that I had to return to face the traumas and fears I’d still been holding,” he expands. The decision wasn’t what you may call a thoroughly considered one or, as Gleeson puts it, a “rational” one. Instead, it was one driven by intuition, much like his decision to move to the UK.