Rio de Janeiro: First Impressions

This may be only the second time I've completed a major New Year's Resolution, since "stop biting my nails" is a lost cause. For 2013, I promised myself I would leave the country before the end of the year. To finish out my summer of really awesome post-college trips, I went to Brazil to spend two weeks with my best friend Jose, who had been volunteering in Rio for three months. 

We stayed in a favela, basically a shanty town or slum, built onto the side of a mountain (this had my parents just a bit worried). Our home base was Vidigal, but we also spent a ton of time in Rocinha, the biggest favela in the city (the more crowded street views below), where Jose had been working. I absolutely loved the neighborhood and our hostel owners, Fernanda and Bruno, who made us feel like part of their family. However, every time we had to hike up the hill from the bus stop to the hostel, I was totally convinced I wouldn't make it. I hated the walk enough that I conquered a major fear and learned to truly appreciate the R$2.50 rides from motorcycle taxis that sped around turns and darted around cars with little regard for me hanging on to the back. Seriously, out of all our crazy ideas, being persuaded to hop on one of those was the scariest thing I did. Not including all the times I was nearly ran over by them.

And oh, the street art. Everywhere we went had the most incredible murals and tags written in places that shouldn't be accessible without professional equipment. The ones posted here are just a few from around Vidigal and Rocinha, but there's so much more to come.

 

Rio de Janeiro, Vidigal, Ipanema, favela, landscape, travel photography, Brazil, ocean, sky, Brasil
Rio de Janeiro, Rocinha, favela, travel photography, Brazil, Brasil
Rio de Janeiro, Vidigal, favela, travel photography, Brazil, Brasil, amazing street art, graffiti
Rio de Janeiro, Vidigal, favela, landscape, travel photography, Brazil, Brasil
Rio de Janeiro, Vidigal, favela, landscape, travel photography, Brazil, ocean, sky, Brasil
Rio de Janeiro, Vidigal, favela, landscape, travel photography, Brazil, Brasil, people, kids, portrait, street art, graffiti
Rio de Janeiro, Vidigal, favela, landscape, travel photography, Brazil, Brasil, street art, graffiti
Rio de Janeiro, Vidigal, favela, landscape, travel photography, Brazil, Brasil, street art, graffiti, bicycle
Rio de Janeiro, Vidigal, favela, landscape, travel photography, Brazil, Brasil, ocean, sky
Rio de Janeiro, Vidigal, favela, landscape, travel photography, Brazil, Brasil, graffiti, street art
Rio de Janeiro, Rocinha, favela, landscape, travel photography, Brazil, Brasil, Via Apia, streets, crowds
Rio de Janeiro, Rocinha, favela, landscape, travel photography, Brazil, Brasil, tiger, street art, graffiti
Rio de Janeiro, Vidigal, favela, landscape, travel photography, Brazil, Brasil, children, street art, graffiti
Rio de Janeiro, Vidigal, favela, landscape, travel photography, Brazil, Brasil, homes, houses
Rio de Janeiro, Vidigal, favela, landscape, travel photography, Brazil, Brasil, streets
Rio de Janeiro, Vidigal, favela, landscape, travel photography, Brazil, Brasil, streets, Ipanema, Leblon

All images available as prints. 

Print Pre-Sale: Brazil

This time next week, I'll be in Brazil making photos of gorgeous views like this one captured by Jose, the amazing friend I'll be traveling with. Since I'm so excited about making these images and sharing them with y'all, here's a print pre-sale! Reserve yours today at 40% off and choose your favorite image from a gallery when I get back in early October. Email me at brittanywages@gmail.com for more info and be sure to spread the word!

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I'm Feelin' 22

The really fun part about being a recent college grad is coming up with new ways to answer "Have you found a job yet?" 

Explaining that no, I've been going on trips to the Caribbean and New York because I'm "self-employed" or something like that has probably resulted in at least one person leaving the conversation to talk about Lazy Millennials/art students. And figuring out how in the heck freelance life works has been disillusioning and scary and depressing. Did I mention I'm currently "staying with my parents because I'm in-between places?" Ha. 

But I'm also really enjoying getting to hang out with my aging dog while I put together estimates and work on marketing plans. Cooking and watching netflix with my parents has been fun (while it is hilarious, I don't recommend Identity Thief  as a family movie). And a mix-and-match crew of SCAD alumni barhopping through Brooklyn reminded me that I'm twenty freaking two, with few responsibilities, and I better stop worrying. We'll all get there eventually. 

PS: No apologies on the TSwift title. 

A different kind of family portrait

I've taken pictures of my family before: snapshots, group photos, even documenting a wedding, but I had never really created portraits of most of them. With some expired medium format Portra film and my uncle's Mamiya, I decided to try that on my dad's family's annual lake trip. We've been spending a weekend together every year since I was born, and all my memories of these trips look like my mom's old photographs. The digital snapshots I've taken since picking up a camera just never held the same feeling for me. I'm not sure if it was the lack of sleep while I struggled all night, or the personal connection and circumstances, but I got pretty emotional while printing them. Despite just one roll of film to get it right and a camera that I struggle with technically, I couldn't be happier with these 10 portraits.

Sandra Redmond - dad's eldest sister  

Sandra Redmond - dad's eldest sister 

  Rory Sharp - cousin's first child

 Rory Sharp - cousin's first child

  Kelsey Wages - sister

 Kelsey Wages - sister

Mark Wages - dad  

Mark Wages - dad 

Jessica Sharp - cousin (closest in age) and her new baby, Rory

Jessica Sharp - cousin (closest in age) and her new baby, Rory

Britt Redmond  - cousin, with his dogs Lola and Cash

Britt Redmond  - cousin, with his dogs Lola and Cash

Mark Wages and Alisa Rogers - dad and his twin sister  

Mark Wages and Alisa Rogers - dad and his twin sister 

Grayson Wages - brother

Grayson Wages - brother

Pam Wages - mom

Pam Wages - mom

  James Wages - grandfather

 James Wages - grandfather