I could feel a strong connection with nature if I felt or considered I am separated of it. You may feel a connection to something that is outside of you.
I don't think nature is something external. There's no way to separate yourself from nature. You can take a walk in nature, but you are also the nature.
As a Brazilian who spent a lot of time in Madrid, do you feel European? What's your personal connection to Europe? I don't care too much about this but, officially, I am Brazilian and Spanish. I am a descendant of Spaniards, Arabs, Irish, Portuguese, Uruguayan... Being born in Brazil is a geographical issue. I could have been born in Syria, India, Japan, Panama, Republic of Congo or anywhere... All cultures have positive and negative things. The question is how to extract the best from each one. If it were up to me, the world would have no borders.
How would you characterize European nature?
I don't know. Nature is fantastic everywhere!
Are you fearful of the future - in terms of a changing climate?
"They can cut all the flowers, but they won't be able to stop the spring."
Actually, I don't know who said this. I was trying to find the author, but looking at several sources, I found it attributed to these great names: Pablo Neruda, Che Guevara, Salvador Allende, Adolfo Perez Esquivel... Anyway, I find the concept of this phrase very important.
This sense that nature's power is much stronger than the human force. Anything that man can do to destroy nature, ends up coming back to himself, since he is also nature. Sometimes I get scared when I see what man considers progress can be so destructive to the planet...
I saw a video of how a single machine could destroy an entire forest in a few hours. It is scary, because so often greed overlaps ethics. Luckily there are also those who try to do everything to defend and preserve the environment. I hope there is at least a balance of forces.
What's so special about (nature) photography for you? What do you want to capture? As I almost always work very intuitively, it's extremely difficult for me to put my work on 'a rational plane'. I simply don't think of what I want to capture. Usually the scenes capture me before I capture them.