Daniel Eliseu, 6, tees up for the “target practice” with his father as the coach/target. Little Daniel is from the nearby community Babilônia.
Football party in Santa Teresa
Water rescue lifeguards do their daily training. The super good surfing waves are also potentially treacherous for inexperienced swimmers. Ending today my two weeks of shooting for upcoming BEACH GAMES zine.
Antonio Chaves, 92 , comes to the beach daily to get 20 minutes of sun.
A chilly 72 degrees F keeps locals off Ipanema, yet the beach is packed with victorious Germans who figure this a warm beach day.
BEACH GAMES by David Alan Harvey
For sure I get wound up and totally immersed in every story I work on, yet most especially work that I do in Rio and Latin America in general. Never before have I returned to the same “stage” to do a second book. Normally I move on. Yet after my book (based on a true story) which evolved right in front of this audience, now comes book number two which will be totally different from book number one. Or at least I am trying to make a book. I feel a book. Yet it could fail. Or, it could be a whole new thing. Time will tell.
I always gamble a bit. Take chances. The so called “safe way” never appeals.
So, in January I started working here in Rio on a new essay, BEACH GAMES, and am continuing it now as part of OffsideBrazil, a Magnum project sponsored by Save the Dream, Instituto Moreira Salles, and ESPN. Neither my BEACH GAMES book efforts nor the Magnum group project involve sports style shots from the games in the stadiums, but are more about the feeling and life around the official games which as we all know by now are quite controversial from a social/political perspective.
Yet I am working towards symbols and feel no need to answer every question nor tell every aspect of “the story”. Really good stories are “stories” and not encyclopaedic. I am never interested in the hypothetical “whole story”. When I think of literary authors, they never tell the whole story. Just their own.
Since this week is the final episode for the World Cup, I will be updating the pictures here in real time as I make them.
Life returns to “normal” in Rio after the World Cup finals. Quiet. Hanging out at one of the beachside kiosks for a coconut water or caipirinhas is always on the agenda.
German and Brazilian soccer fans were united on Leme beach yesterday for the World Cup final.
Winter swell Copacabana
Spectator hangs on a chain link fence watching an indoor football game in Morro dos Prazeres, in Rio de Janeiro
Seller on the beach in Leme
My dear friend and producer in Rio, Roberta Tavares, sobs after Brazil had 5 goals scored against them in the first half of their World Cup game with Germany. “I am embarrassed and humiliated by this game. Football is the one thing that puts all the Brazilians together. For this to happen on our soil will be a game my grandchildren will be talking about”
TV is how most people see the World Cup, even if the stadium where the game is being played is only a few miles away.
Group of friends before the Brazil x Germany game, in Lapa.
Boogie boards riders on Leme beach. Surf had been green and glassy perfect waves at this point break for the last few days.
Roberta in Leme
Quiet day on Leme beach during the World Cup
Passionate Brazil fans at the end of the game after beating Colombia 2-1 in the World Cup series.
The often feared BOPE (Special Ops Military Police) take time out from patrol for a fast pelada (casual fun only) beach game.
Everybody (well almost everybody) is ecstatic after Brazil beat Colombia last night in the quarter finals of the World Cup.
Brazil soccer fans have a combative fervor beyond anything I have seen. Here seen taunting arch rival Argentinian supporters.
Bianca Leticia Vale, 18, is a theater student/ patient at the hospital Nise da Silveira. Theater as a therapy is the mantra for their troupe.
Weightlifter. Rio de Janeiro.
BRAZIL. Rio de Janeiro July, 10, 2014. Perhaps the most allegoric part of BEACH GAMES is of course all about “love games”.