A page about night expeditions, escapades and chance encounters.

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Vantage Point

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Just Staring

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Twisted

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Welcome 2014

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Tracks

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Damiel, a good friend who has embraced this project, and let me photograph him in many places, was about to leave Brazil for a couple years to study in Germany. Right before he left, we went to check those tracks that had been luring me into photographing them. This is part of what we did that night.


The Dark Brick Road

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Blank thoughts at the dark brick road, next to where sea and sky merge.


Runaway

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This week I read that China is currently  shipping  thousands of tons of goods in seemingly endless trains along the historical Silk Route. Changes are thus forced throughout Asia And Europe, from Kazakhstan and Russia, rippling through Iran, Belarus, Poland and on to Western Europe.

In the outskirts of Rio, a small closed rail circuit lies, near what used to be a secondary road linking the western part of the capital to the nearby cities.  That old little road now turned into a broad avenue with a bus rapid transit line. Brazil seems to be allergic to rail tracks. Except for limited subway systems in a few cities and some cargo lines, trains are basically used to transport the very poor in subhuman conditions.

This little circuit had been drawing my attention for a while.  A first attempt to use it for pictures was hindered by the closure of that brand new avenue, due to works (they were actually rebuilding a whole section that simply sunk – welcome to Brazilian public works standards).  This time it would be my last chance to photograph a friend who´s going to study abroad, and in the end it turned out fine. His pics will be here soon.


Johnny Had Three Little Hellboys

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…but little did he know.


Back to Life

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2013, Barra da Tijuca, beach, Brazil, city, city lights, cityscapes, deserted, forest, hill, mountain, Prainha, Recreio, Rio, Rio de Janeiro, road, sea, skyline

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Back to reality…


(Let me See You) Stripped

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“Metropolis
Has nothing on this…”


Vamos a la Playa!

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Rio de Janeiro is known all over the world for its urban beaches, like Ipanema or Copacabana. What most tourists don’t know is that at the Southwestern tip of the city there’s a major natural reserve, with impressive beaches, mostly visited by surfers, hikers and nudists. Recently, I’ve explored that area with a few guys. More pics coming soon.


Águas de Março

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The tropical storms that hit most of Brazil this time of the year can easily produce non-stop lightning in the thousands. Those storms have inspired Tom Jobim‘s song Águas de Março (Waters of March), which come, as one verse says, to close summertime. If you live in a tropical area, you´re probably used to the continuous disco-like flashing and the pompous ear-wracking track list that comes along with it.

As tempestades que atingem a maior parte do Brasil nessa época do ano podem facilmente produzir milhares de raios ininterruptamente. Essas tempestades inspiraram a canção Águas de Março de Tom Jobim, que chegam, como diz um dos versos, fechando o verão. Se você mora numa região tropical, provavelmente está familiarizado ao piscar de luzes como numa discoteca e aos sons ensurdecedores da trilha sonora que vem como acompanhamento.


Reflecting

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A B-Side photo from the session with Pedro.

Uma foto do lado B, da sessão com Pedro.


In Your Room

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Some more pics from the session with Pedro. And a little bit of behind the scenes…

Mais umas fotos da sessão com Pedro. E um pouco dos bastidores.


The Architect

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Someone gets in touch with you. Says he likes your photos and he’ll be in town for a few days. You invite him to try taking pics. He says he’s staying in a hotel right beside one of Rio’s architectural landmarks, currently abandoned, Hotel Nacional. The hotel, reflecting some of the in vogue ideals of urban planning from the 1960′s, is in stark contrast with the equally iconic Rocinha favela that developed in the same area. The cylindric tower was designed by the acclaimed (and apparently immortal, sickness-and-death-dodger-104-year-old-and-counting) architect Oscar Niemeyer, the same one who, along with architect and urban planner Lucio Costa, was in charge of the construction of Brazil’s current capital and World Heritage Site-Brasilia. Our man too, is an architect, which made the whole ensemble irresistible. Here’s the first post of what we did last night. Thanks Pedro.


Angra dos Reis

Despite the controversy and setbacks in Brazil’s nuclear power program, a third reactor is under construction, right beside the only two existing ones, in the Southern coast of Rio de Janeiro state (probably among the most scenic areas ever to be chosen for this kind of construction). The lights that illuminate the mountain on the left come from the construction site, on the right, down many meters, by the sea.


So, that´s the Sugar Loaf…

And, what if your buddy is also into taking the opportunity of an almost empty sugar loaf to bring home a most unusual souvenir?
Not the usual picture visitors come back with…

E se seu colega também tá a fim de aproveitar a oportunidade de um Pão de Açúcar quase vazio pra levar pra casa um souvenir incomum?
Não é bem a foto que os visitantes levam daqui…


Sugar Loaf

What does it feel like to have one of the world’s greatest and most visited touristic spots virtually just for you?
The surprise of having it almost empty in an awesome evening, in one of the busiest times of the year for tourism in Rio, is priceless.

I guess everybody was down there enjoying Rio’s Carnival already…

P.S. – You can have a feel of the Santos Dumont approach in the first half of this video. Thanks to Avianca pilots for making this.

Qual a sensação de ter uma das maiores e mais visitadas atrações turísticas do mundo só pra você?
A surpresa de ter o lugar quase vazio, num fim de tarde maravilhoso, numa das épocas mais movimentadas do caledário turístico do Rio, não tem preço.

Eu acho que todo mundo já tava aproveitando o carnaval do Rio lá embaixo…

P.S. – Você pode ter um gostinho de uma das aproximações para o Santos Dumont na primeira metade desse vídeo. Obrigado aos pilotos da Avianca por fazerem os vídeos.


The Call


Cities Backlight – Búzios

As years go by, the number of sites free from light pollution decreases dramatically. If you´ve been able to visit one of those sites, consider yourself blessed. In between those places and our cities, one can take advantage of their glow as a huge backlight device for landscape photography. Here´s another image of this series.


Infrastructure


Moonset


Sal

The salt extracting activities in the northeastern coast of Rio de Janeiro state have seen better days. Its slow decline started in the 1960´s and only recently has shown signs of reversal.  Derelict structures are all over to be explored. The whole region is basically a desert, since the areas around the lagoons have seen no other use in ages, and the salterns demand a very small workforce, around 5 people per unit, leading to a very peculiar land occupation of the area, with disperse, very small urban nuclei.

Nightswimming


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