I just spent a fan-frickin'-tastic week in Brazil. After two weeks at sea, I arrived in Rio, but quickly headed south to Porto Allegre, before finishing things up in the capital of Bahia: Salvador. My primary goal in Brazil there was to photograph some birds... But in the process I got to see some incredible parts of this diverse country and met some really lovely people.
I have to say, I like Brazil. A lot. They country has soul and style. Here's how coconut water should be served, straight from the source:
For most of the trip, I hung out with an incredible community of biologists in the southern most state of Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul.… They were so warm and welcoming.
In the south of Brazil coconuts aren't as plentiful as in tropical parts of the country. But they make a tea-like drink out of yerba mate that has some interesting rituals and culture surrounding it. The folks down in Rio Grande do Sul drink it ALL THE TIME. It's called chimarrão, and it's served in the husk of a fruit and drank out of a straw, with a filter on one end so you don't end up eating a salad leaves and twigs instead:
Though I spent most of my time in marshes and rain forest, the beaches in Brazil are incredible...
My hostesses in Porto Allegre where three biologists, who generously let me tag alone with their research and gave me a wonderful window into life in southern Brazil…
Grasiela measuring a thrush:
Alejandra and the cotingas:
Laisa's lovely laugh:
It was definitely the first time that I did field work under the supervision of an armed guard:
I've been shooting from the hip a lot lately, and trying to loosen up a bit more, formally. Embrace moments. This image was taken without looking through the viewfinder and without cropping… but maybe it's a bit too tight still, given that style of working:
Relax Todd! Get into the rhythm of life in Brazil... I did get to hear quite a bit of music, and tried to dance to it too. What I lacked in rhythm I made up for with enthusiasm:
Listening to music outside late at night with new friends:
I tried a lot of excellent food, though I didn't have any sting ray, which is what this gentleman is butchering on the beach:
Triptych of odd objects… a fish head, a watermelon shell, and an enormous beetle:
Little church in a quiet town...
Here's an homage to the one and only Matthew Moore; I found a whale mural in a relatively remote corner of Brazil:
Brazil is such a fabulous mixing pot of culture. I loved seeing these Turkish eyes staring at me from here and there:
The irises. on repeat:
"Old towns" across the planet are full of folks in traditional dress and tourist kitsch made in India; Salvador is no exception...
We arrived in Rio in the morning:
And left Salvador at night:
Growth and decay…
A sculpture made from stylized chimarrão glasses, though locals affectionately refer to as the "breast sculpture…" Here I've photographed it with the ever present Brazilian police:
A close encounter:
Confetti falling out of the sky at the soccer game I went to, which was wild:
Giuliano was very excited that Grêmio won:
It was the city championship game, the final event between two rival soccer clubs.
Yet again, the police force... well prepared to deal with crowds if things got out of hand after the game:
But the celebration was joyous on a beautiful Sunday evening…
Constructing a city:
Also shot from the hip, at Porto Allegre's main market:
On the day it rained:
Grasiela's favorite part of the city:
Room with low hanging lamp:
Winging it back to the ship:
Only two more ports left: Barbados and Cuba. Then home sweet home!