There’s neighborhoods, and there’s neighborhoods. I have rarely been to one as bustling, bursting, active and dense as the Rocinha favela in Brazil. It is the biggest in the country. Been detached by Sports Illustrated from sports coverage for a couple days now, and while just a few miles away, wonderful athletes are flying, lifting, sweating and racing, I’m doing a Rio wander.
The main transport in the narrow streets of a favela is mototaxi. We encountered two wonderful brothers, Alex on the left and Marcelo camera right, who navigated the complicated byways of Rocinha for us. The below photo is by our intrepid driver, Uellington Malheiros, who by the time I leave will be a photog for sure. He made the snap below.
For the technically minded, the portrait was made with a Nikon D810, and a 70-200mm lens. The light was a Profoto B-1 on a stick, fitted with a 5′ Octa. Simple and quick. Not to linger out there. The favela moves fast.
More tk from Rio…..