The Iguaçu Falls aren’t the widest in the world, nor the tallest but with up to 300 separate waterfalls visible from both banks of the river, from the Brazilian and the Argentinian sides, the area is spectacular beyond comprehension.
Pampulha, the chic northern suburb of Belo Horizonte was laid out in the 1940’s by the young Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer for Juscelino Kubitschek, then the city’s Mayor. Twenty years later, when Kubitschek became President, he made Niemeyer lead architect for the design of the new capital, Brasilia. The artificial lake at the heart of Pampulha sometimes explodes with bright green algal blooms which give the other-worldliness to this photo.
Without looking at him she says: ‘There’s something I’ve always wanted to ask you.’ He places his hand gently on her back and draws her into the shade. ‘Of course,’ he says. And then they are gone. Some images just want to tell stories. They are Saul Leiter’s ‘tiny fragments’. In this photograph the colours shout out, but it is the shadows that catch the attention. In the darkness of their ephemeral architecture it is easy to imagine confidences traded and secrets shared.
This combination of pinhão and banana, against a blue background, echoes the colors of the Brazilian flag, something I hadn’t noticed when I took the photo. The pinhão is the nut of the Paraná pine (Araucaria augustifolia) the iconic tree of the mountain skyline and the nuts are very popular here in season, and have their own festival, Festa Nacional do Pinhão in Lages.
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Celebrating Yemanjá, the Brazilian goddess of the sea, at the turn of the New Year on the island of Florianopolis, traditionally involves dressing in white, walking into the waves to leave an offering of flowers. Now, too, the taking of the selfie.