Jul 1 11

Rio de Janeiro

by Emily Benjamin

I had high expectations for Rio de Janeiro (surely I’ve said that about somewhere else before?!). I remember planning our time here over a year ago, and begging for more than a week to explore the city famous for Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf Mountain, a spectacular coast line, all your can eat meat restaurants and, well, Brazilian women. But within 12 hours of arriving, I suffered a real set back. Our hostel owner took one look at my camera bag, and suggested I leave it at home. I was shattered. Sure, I have heard stories of mugging and theft in Rio – it’s the Barcelona of South America, after all – but the part of me that likes risk-aversion immediately kicked in and I was camera-less. For nine days in Rio, I only took the camera out twice – once to Sugar Loaf and once to Corcovado. And it should be mentioned that on the bus home from Corcovado, we were told of a couple mugged just 2 days ago in broad daylight, in Lapa. Lapa, where we were staying. Needless to say, when we hoped off the bus after sunset, we sprinted from the stop to our hostel to protect my precious cargo. But more on my camera and safety concerns on my Words post – this post is meant to be all about the 2 days of featured photography from Rio de Janeiro.

And it should be noted, Rio de Janeiro really is gorgeous. Colourful, warm, lively and full of genuinely lovely people. As long as you don’t get mugged!


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5 Responses

  1. sare says:

    Very gifted photographer Benj!!

  2. Nicky says:

    These are ALL incredible!! I’ve just looked at all the photos of places i have also visited and you really do do them justice!!

    • Thanks Nicky! Gosh, looking back at Rio photos now and it feels like months ago – even though it was only a few weeks. How scary! We’re just finishing up in Peru, Machu Picchu and the surrounds were amaaaaazing. All those pics are on the site now too, if you need a study break 🙂

  3. RM says:

    I’ve just spent a half hour on this site and I am in awe! You sure have an eye for photography. Your photos are amazing, spectacular. What a beautiful gift you have. I’ve spent much time on the net viewing Machu Picchu and your picts have given me views and angles I’ve not seen before. Beautiful. Also, you take an otherwise boring view and turn it into a beautiful vista. All the cities in Central and South America that you’ve shot: beautiful, gorgeous. Everyone is born with at least one talent, but talent is raw. When you develop a talent, then you have a skill, and you are certainly skilled!!! I can’t say enough.

    • Hi RM,
      Wow! That is perhaps the loveliest comment I’ve ever received! Thank YOU so much for your kind words, it was so nice to hear! And I’m really glad you like the pics. I’m just an amateur, but have been really lucky to have this time off to travel so extensively this year. I read so many photo blogs myself, looking at places to visit, so it has been a great opportunity to add mine to the pool, as well 🙂 This website is only quite new, so I was wondering if you would mind sharing how you came across it? And also, if you are planning any trips to any of the places I’ve visited, and need any advice from someone who has visited recently, I’d be happy to share more information if you ever need it.
      Thanks again for your comment, and I hope you continue to enjoy the updates 🙂
      Cheers, Emily 🙂

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