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Bahia of All Colors

Upon arriving in Bahia, Brazil, you can immediately feel warmth in the climate and in the people, I spent 5 days in the Municipality of Monte Gordo / Camaçari near the touristy beach of Guarajuba.

In Bahia the music, food, religion and way of life are influenced by African culture. During the Atlantic Slave trade era more slaves were brought to brazil than any other country.

Here’s a selection of my favorite pictures to give you a colorful taste of life in Bahia.

Photos and story by Elba Lacerda

 

Carnival: The Heartbeat of Rio (Videos)

This year we went back to Rio de Janeiro to document the beautiful chaos of the world’s most marvelous city.

This series, Carnival: The Heartbeat of Rio, covers the alternative side of Carnival, featuring exclusive access to the Sambódromo and include interviews with dancers, journalist and the people who make carnival happen.

Introduction

Pedra do Sal and Porto Maravilha – Episode 1

In this episode we visit the cultural and historical monument of Pedra do Sal to enjoy the free samba and good vibes.  Then we explore how the area around it is changing due to the massive Porto Maravilha revitalization project.

Raquel’s Story – Episode 2

For Raquel, Carnival is about transforming pain into joy and washing Rio with love and consciousness.  Follow her as she prepares and performs at Boitatá.

Orqestra Voadora – Episode 3

Witness the the vibrant and trippy side of Rio’s Carnival at Bloco Orquestra Voadora.

The Dark Side of the World Cup (Pictures)

After many crowded days of watching World Cup games at the FIFA Fan Fest on Copacabana, I wanted to see what other Brazilians thought of the World Cup.

Back in June of 2013, Brazil came to a standstill as the largest protests in decades swept the country, with citizens expressing anger at the increasing cost of living and the governments decision to spend billions on FIFA stadiums while ignoring the basic needs of lower and middle class citizens. While these protests are largely over, there still exists a small minority who continue to express themselves, yet while the number of protesters are getting smaller, the response from the military police is becoming increasingly more violent. 

While I have only been here for 3 weeks, it seems that most Brazilians are quite content with the fact that the World Cup is here, in fact they seem so swept up with their daily lives that the World Cup is just an afterthought. That being said, the frustration of these protesters speaks volumes about the massive internal problems Brazil faces as a country. The violent military and police crackdown I saw on this night is no way of dealing with these problems, it is only sweeping it under the rug for another day.