Unknown - I have not by habit taken pictures of people in my communities (Rio and Friburgo) but do from time to time like to take impromptu photos of people that show me self-confidence and strength of character – this lady was out for her evening walk, or leaving the beach for the day but I thought ‘to be able to walk with assurance’ when I saw her on the seawall in front of me. (I did not point her out to Camillo…..)
Laise - is the receptionist at the gym in Friburgo. She is open and friendly and gives me advise about my Portuguese. She allowed me to follow her around a park and take photos one afternoon to practice taking portraits. She is only 21 – young and fresh and her whole future is in front of her. I love this little girl.
Brazilians have the ability to have a great time in the simplest of situations. After work on Saturday morning the trainers from the gym (invited Camillo and I) had a ‘churrasco’ or barbeque on the veranda of the gym…. was a great time, a great way to end the work week. And SO Brazilian – there was only meat – no potatoes, no fruit, no veggies – just ‘Carne’ and beer.
Unknown girl, about 2, waiting with her father for a city bus in Friburgo – she already knows she is worthy of my attention. If you follow ‘flowers’ you know she has been in several photo line-ups – I love her expression. I was sitting at the curb in our car – picked up the camera and snapped her photo – very open, and interested in what I was doing, no coy shyness. She has been the center of attention often. She is her future femininity
Unknown man, a street vendor in Rio. His humor is evident - ‘silly gringa taking my photo’. He didn’t pose, he just stopped moving to let me have my photo without fuss.
Dignity of the Brazilian poor.
He look to be a man that works hard – no gym time put those long lean muscles on his arms only hard work in the heat. This was during Carnaval in Santa Teresa, above central Rio.
Sorry, I don’t remember what he was selling.
Lucia, our maid (emprigada) for for upward of 25 years. She is the best. Another woman in the Condominium who also has Lucia one day a week complains that she is ‘forward’. She says the kitchen is ‘our kitchen’ and gives us instruction in all type of issues. (she is our source of local gossip)
Not only the house but we are her responsibility (and now Spritzer) She is not forward in the least – she loves the house and has cared for it even when we have not lived here and I would not have her any other way.