Rocinha, largest favela in South America, place of extremes, but also the day to day life of hundreds of thousands, getting on with their lives like anyone else. Seen here one of the key water systems of the community, poor quality, tiny outdated pipes run hundreds of liters a day to nearby houses.
July 7, 2016
July 6, 2016
Multibloco playing at a Festa Junina (June Fayre) in the famous bohemian district of Lapa, Rio de Janiero. In some ways like a second Carnival, the Festa Juninas see Brazilians dressing up like countryside ‘hicks,’ eating traditional food, and dancing, mostly to Forró.
July 3, 2016
Meanwhile, in Mato Grosso do Sul, the ongoing land conflict between the Guarani and farmers continues. What is being referred to as the Caarapó Massacre by local campaigning groups, on June 14th, one death of Clodiode Aquileu Rodrigues de Souza, and several serious injuries occurred to Guarani villagers, including a 12 year old boy who took a bullet, hitting vital organs (thankfully he is making a good recovery). Allegedly this happened at the hands of land owners involved in a long, ongoing dispute about land in the region. On assignment for the Guardian with Bruce Douglas, we investigated the situation, aiming to get to the bottom of what is happening, why, and what the chances are of a resolution between the two sides.
Here’s a couple of the out-takes, the full article will be published next week.
June 2, 2016
1st June 2016 in Rio de Janeiro – Thousands of women, joined by some men, marched in central Rio de Janeiro alongside other cities in Brazil, to demand more respect for women and recognition throughout, what is in some ways a macho country. The march was also in reaction to a brutal gang rape last week in Santa Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, where the suspects posted a video of the assault on social media, the events have shocked the country.
May 10, 2016
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 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.