Photo of the Week 14 May 2013
Congratulations to Richard Romero from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for his photo of the week “Vanity.” We had the chance to speak with Richard and learn what the photography scene is like in Brazil, and what the story is behind this image of an individual in costume for the traditional Carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro.
What type of camera, gear, and equipment did you use to capture the shot?
For this shot I used a Canon 5D Mark II with a 24-70mmL f/2.8 lens.
What is the story behind this image? How does this portrait reflect the culture and traditions of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro?
Every Carnival I grab my camera and walk around my neighborhood, Ipanema, which is located in Rio de Janeiro. Banda de Ipanema is one of the highlights of the street Carnival festivities in Rio. I follow the band around town, shooting different characters showing off their makeup and costumes. It’s a lot of fun.
This portrait reveals the old-street-style carnival that brings out friends and family and is a lot of fun for the tourists.
Is there a difference between the old-street-style carnival and a new-street-style carnival depending on what neighborhood you are in?
Carnival changes from neighborhood to neighborhood because of the groups at the “blocos” (the individuals dancing and following big trucks with sound systems). The people are a mixture of race, classes and origins. This is what makes the street carnival in Brazil happy and unprejudiced.
At the beginning of the twentieth century carnival used to happen only in the streets. Then in the 1940’s a group of entrepreneurs started a ball at the club with an orchestra and costume contests. Little by little more balls took place and the street carnival slowly died. Nowadays the street carnival is back and brings millions of Brazilians and tourists to the streets.
What’s your favorite and least favorite part of photographing Carnival?
For me there are only the favorite parts of Carnival! Photography is a way to show the world the good and happy parts of Carnival.That’s what Carnival was made for, so people can forget the routine of their everyday life for a few days.
Where was the image taken? What is the photography scene like in Brazil right now?
This image was taken at Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro.
Creative photographers rise on the photo scene in Brazil every day.I’m very glad that you appreciate my work so that way you can show the world that Brazilians have creativity and many interesting subjects to shoot.
What kind of photography do you enjoy shooting most both for professional and personal photography projects?
I like to shoot everything that pleases me at the moment, whether it’s products, people or travel photography. When I started shooting, I worked in a studio, and that gave me a lot of knowledge. It was like working at the Emergency Room! Ha! You learn everything and them you choose what suits you best.
Who are some of your favorite photographers and artists that you draw inspiration from?
I started out enjoying the work of Francesco Scavullo,Herb Ritts, Horst Diekgerdes, Richard Avedon,Mario Testino ,Terry Richardson to name a few.
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