This time last year i was in Southern Chilé for the wedding of a couple of good friends, one of whom is Chiléan, hence the location. I had never been to Chilé before, so it was a new adventure for me, I’ve seen plenty of images from there, so i had a bit of an idea, but they was nothing compared to the reality.
The view down the street... any street... of Pucón.
What an amazingly beautiful place, totally different to anywhere i have been before. The South of Chilé is all mountains forests, fast flowing crystal clear rivers… and volcanoes…
Awe inspiring! Nothing quite like waking up in the morning and looking out the window to find an enormous smoking volcano taking up most of the horizon, especially when the day before – the day of arrival – had been so overcast and rainy there was no horizon and the presence of the volcano was hidden. Something i never really got used to, i think the locals were wondering what i was staring at all the time. Read the rest of this entry »
Back in 2003/2004 i spent a year travelling around Brasil, a country of amazing diversity. Why i was there is another story for another day, but i took a vast number of images in that year (the majority of them on the Hasselblad XPan), most of which have never seen the light of day. I put the first one up last week, and gradually i will be putting more and more of them here as i think the Blog is a great place to finally show them and eventually create a category on the website for that and other adventures.
During my stay in Brasil i lived in a city called Santos for several months, which is on the coast of Sao Paulo state. Santos has the dubious honour of being the largest port in South America, with all the pleasures that brings… Santos also has a very long open beach, and on any given day there are always loads of Soccer games running, of all ages, from 3 or 4 year olds playing with 2 sticks for goals, to semi professional clubs having play offs. Being Brasilians, most of them are great soccer players, so the games are exciting to watch and the sheer number happening at once is a fantastic thing to witness.
This particular day was a Sunday, a big day for beach Soccer, and about 10am a dense fog rolled in off the sea. Now fog is great for photography, especially Black and White Photography, and fog in Santos was totally unheard of. So i grabbed the XPan and ran off to the beach.
These teams playing here are in fact one team split into 2 sides for the day. One side wearing white shorts the other black. You’ll notice all the team shirts are the same and this is in fact the seniors division of Santos Football club, the team made famous by the magical Pelé. He’s not in this shot…
The official name for this image is “Futbol na Paraia, Santos” Soccer player on Santos beach-Brasil, but the unofficial name is “Caralho!” because thats what the goalie was heard to shout just as this image was taken. I’ll leave it up to you to figure out what it means…
It was shot on Kodak Tri-X 400 on the Hasselblad XPan with the 45mm lens, which due to the extended field of view, makes it the equivalent of about a 24mm in standard 35mm speak.
The fog gives it a beautiful soft look with the background fading away nicely. The white disk visible in the sky is in fact the sun, and if you look closely (click on the image), you can see the edge of the water on the far left of the image.
I was looking through some folders on my computer the other day (while i was supposed to be working) and i came across my images from Brasil that i shot several years ago and have never done anything with. I have been promising friends over there that these would end up on the website, and so far there has always been too much to do to actually do anything about it. Well, i’m an expert procrastinator, so while i was supposed to be doing other things i sat down and worked up this image a bit.
I came across the old barman of Parati-Brasil, while walking through some magic coastal bush just out of a 15th century town of Parati (pronounced Para-chi). The trail went out around some headlands covered in South American rainforest that ran right down to the waters edge, the coastline was craggy and beautiful with many inlets and deep, steep sided bays.
It wasn’t a particularly long or difficult hike, the path was pretty flat and the views were stunning, but it was certainly wilderness.
After about 4 hours of walking we suddenly came across this tiny house perched on the side of the hill at the waters edge, amongst the trees, and a bar… Yes, a bar.
Not quite what i had been expecting, but the beer was cold and welcome, and the barman had a great face. If the face is the map of a persons life, this guy had been lots of places! I had my Hasselblad XPan on this trip, its my standard travel camera, or was (until the 5D came along), and although not the usual portrait format i like the details of the mans life and work around him, it adds context.
I’m sorry to say i have forgotten his name, but i will always remember the experience
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