How to take photos during the "magic hour"
As a photographer, I’ve always been attracted to that time of day when the lights start to go on in the street and in homes but there is still light in the sky. In this sense, Bahia is picture-perfect.
A rhythm that is in the blood
Salvador, the fifth largest city in Brazil, is where many traditions of African origin are best preserved: Candomblé, music and capoeira, the martial art/dance for which Brazil is so famous.
Salvador's Sisterhood of "Good Death"
Boa Morte – "Good Death" – is an odd name for a sisterhood that one can only join after the age of 45.
In Bahia, all you do is follow the music
During the two weeks I am in the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia, I attend seven live concerts and the local media publicize dozens more. Music is a cornerstone of Bahia’s “Africanism.” I hear it everywhere, always at high volume, and it is always Brazilian music.
"We all have a bit of African blood"
"Africa is over there," says Reuben Costa Bello, pointing out to sea. "Angola is eight days sailing away at 15 knots."
Zoom in on faces in the crowd
When working in busy situations, and with only artificial available light, there are a few things you must pay attention to.
Dancing is her only escape into happiness
I meet Fábia Borges on the seaside boulevard where the samba school is practicing. The road is blocked for rehearsal when I arrive and I end up waiting an hour for her to show up
Searching for Brazil’s African soul
Hello Brazil, where Bahia was a major shipping point for millions of men, women and children taken from Africa during the centuries of transatlantic slave trading. Their descendants have helped create a rich mix of music, dance, religion and cuisine that still makes the region central to Brazilian popular culture today.
Brazil’s Royal Road built to move tons of gold
Hello Brazil, where the spectacular Baroque architecture of Minas Gerais is a striking legacy of the world’s first major gold rush in the 18th century. Hundreds of thousands came then in search of wild riches but now, 300 years later, the Royal Road built to move tons of gold to Portugal has become popular with Brazilians keen to explore their own nation’s history.