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.
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.
…but little did he know.
Back to reality…
Has nothing on this…”
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.
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.
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.
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…
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…
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.
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.