MAD IN MADEIRA
A small island trapped in the Atlantic, Madeira is developing a reputation for extreme sports – and Antonio Abreu and his Mad Productions crew have played a big role.
Igo up the path with my heavy backpack. I take a shovel, my camera, some lenses, a tripod and a meal for the whole day. The sun is still rising but I’m already up here, in the middle of nowhere, hearing the pure silence of nature. Last month I said “no” to a nine-to-five job in a cubicle, and that split second makes me understand that I decided wisely. “Photography is a dangerous job my friend!” says Rui laughing, while pushing his bike up the trail, with his helmet balancing on his handlebars. I take a moment to breathe, looking around the landscape, framing and capturing every second with my eyes, trying to understand how can I preserve this moment for the years to come. It always starts with the same principles anywhere in the world: a group of kids that have a need for speed, an obsession for adrenaline. Some of them were born to ride bikes. They have a special talent, a natural skill, something irreplaceable. One of them, and in this case, me, I was never brave as they were. I was always the slowest guy, but I really didn’t mind about finishing last or not winning races. I had to find my place inside that group and that’s why I grew a passion and love for mountain biking photography and filmmaking. Since the first moment I held a camera in my hands, I knew that would be my course. I found something that truly makes me happy and that also doesn’t let me sleep at night. After my whole life searching and creating unique content in Madeira, a small island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, I feel that I don’t belong here anymore. Actually... I don’t belong anywhere. I’ll just let the bicycle and the camera take me wherever they want, in search of those unique moments.