What can be done to prevent disasters in the future? How can communities be safeguarded in advance rather than waiting for them to happen? Using the Bento Rodrigues disaster in Minas Gerais as a case study, commissioned by Ethan films, myself and Ruy Sposati investigated some of these questions for the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction: ( http://www.unisdr.org ) The final piece will be a 3 minute film, coming soon.
May 10, 2016
May 5, 2016
Latest Nat Geo traveller article – written by Nigel Richardson and with my pictures (in this month’s edition), shows the amazing Salar Uyuni salt flats and the surrounding Eduardo Avaroa National Park, the most geologically amazing landscape I’ve ever been to, multi-coloured lagoons, geysers, desert and the largest salt flat in the World that stretches for miles.
April 22, 2016
It’s always nice to see how photos can be used or different contexts, sometimes ones you wouldn’t expect – here I found out that a shot from the Santeria series I did in Cuba, was used in Conde Nast Traveller (Espana), to speak about the Santeria association in Havana: Mercado de Asociaion Yoruba Cubana. Nice that they’re mentioning this important Cuban cultural institution, educating about the islands African heritage, and happy that they used my pic!
April 20, 2016
A proud moment to have some work in the excellent, and highly regarded Smithsonian magazine. The article is about the worrying water quality in Rio, the same water that the sailing teams will be competing in. Efforts are being made to clean up the bay, many say too little too late, where others claim they have being sailing in the water for years with no adverse affects. This is an important issue, and something I will be looking at in more detail over the coming weeks / months, from some different angles besides the obvious. Here’s the article (it’s from last year, but still very much current):
April 18, 2016
Sunday morning April 17th, tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro to protest the impeachment proceedings of the President Dilma Rousseff, claiming that it is a coup. Apafunk, Furacao 2000 and Rhythm of the Favela put the show together, that felt undeniably a bit like Carnival, but with a serious overtone.
Alas it was not enough, at 22h, after hours of political circus, hypocritical corrupt politicians (most of whom are being investigated themselves), the votes were cast to go ahead with the impeachment. This is a worrying day for democracy in Brazil.
I’m not by any means saying Dilma or PT are perfect, but this may now set a precedent for whenever those in the senate, or indeed the public, are unhappy with the President, then impeachment proceedings start. What will happen here over the coming months here, is anyone’s guess.
David Cameron, are you watching what’s going on here? hmm….