Roughly four years ago, I had a flight connection at Santos Dumont Airport, in Rio de Janeiro. The world cup was going on in Germany and, as we approached to land, I could see both the Christ Statue and the Sugar Loaf specially decorated for the occasion. The Sugar Loaf had a beautiful impressive beam of light that rose hundreds of meters in the air, in Brazil’s national coulours. I managed to escape in the few minutes between flights and got to a spot right beside the airport to register the view that would be the first picture in this project.
A couple weeks ago I returned to that place, while taking the opportunity to photograph in the emptied streets of Rio during the first match of this year´s Word Cup. Though the place looks almost the same, except for the missing gas pumps, a lot has changed ever since. This time the cup happens here. Despite all types of catastrophic prophecies from the old traditional media concerning the event, it is on its way to be the best world cup ever. According to the big media outlets, by now we´d be right into a period of mayhem, with stadiums that wouldn´t be ready in time for the event, absolute chaos in transports and all sorts of biblical plagues affecting us. It turns out that, despite some minor setbacks, things are running smoothly and almost everybody involved is happy about it, specially us, the hosts. Go Brazil!
As you may well know, football in Brazil is nothing short of a religion. So, despite some protests in the major cities, it was expected that the majority of the streets would be empty during the matches Brazil was to be involved. Normally, the working shifts are adapted so no one misses the game. With the inaugural match at 17h, the working day ended halfway into the afternoon. Little by little, there’s an abnormal rush hour, and soon the streets are deserted. Being the host of the cup, after over 60 years of waiting, one could count on the majority of people being in front of some TV set by then. What better chance to photograph in supposedly “impossible places” than that?
Como você sabe, futebol no Brasil é quase uma religião. Então, apesar dos protestos nas principais cidades, esperava-se que a maioria das ruas estaria vazia durante os jogos do Brasil.Normalmente as jornadas de trabalho são adaptadas, pra que ninguém perca o jogo. Com a partida inaugural marcada pras 17h, o dia de trabalho acabou na metade da tarde. Pouco a pouco, forma-se uma hora do rush atípica, e logo as ruas ficam vazias. Sendo o país sede da copa, depois de mais 60 anos de espera, dava pra contar que a maioria das pessoas estaria em frente a alguma tv. Quer ocasião melhor pra fotografar em lugares supostamente “impossíveis”?
Juan wanted to feel what it would be like to find himself out there, naked, before we did some photos for the page. So we left one night with no lights, no props, to tripod, just wandering around and having some pics taken here and there. Apparently he liked the experience. Not only he agreed on putting some of those photos here, but also we´ll go out again, one of these days, to do it “properly”.
By the way, Juan, you´re not naked if you keep your sneakers… :)
The second post with the pics of Renan that didn’t hit the project page. On the B-Sides.