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Chicago in Black and White May 1, 2009

Posted by Georgete in Art, black-and-white photos, Chicago, Multimedia, Point of view, Trips, Videos.
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I’ve been taking pictures of Chicago since I moved to this gorgeous city, last August. Despite of a long winter (believe me, even a Chicagoan would agree with me), I haven’t found myself bored yet. There is so much to do and to discover.

Cultural events and artistic manifestations happen everywhere. Just walking down the charming streets of my neighborhood is a special entertainment by itself. I can’t have enough of Chicago’s architecture, buildings, parks, people, museums, you name it.

Here are my favorite images of Chicago. By the way, I am so ready for summer season! Bet you would too …

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Santa Fe and Salvador: Two cities in black and white January 7, 2008

Posted by Georgete in black-and-white photos, Brazil, Life, People, Photography, Point of view, Thoughts, travel, Videos.
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Musician at Plaza, Santa Fe by GeorgeteTwo years ago I went to New Mexico to attend one of the Santa Fe’s Photographic Workshops. If you haven’t had a chance to visit Santa Fe, think about it. The landscape and local residents will enchant you. I bet you will not regret waking up at 5 a.m. to take pictures at the Plaza. The natural light is unbelievable and you will find many surrounding buildings that stand just as they did during colonial Spanish times.

But what really blew my mind was meeting people that still live in a hippie-lifestyle. Particularly the ones I met in Madrid, a former coal mining center that was restructured as an art colony in the 70’s. They reminded me of “Novos Baianos,” a Brazilian band that shook the entire country in 1969 with their irreverent way of life and music. Most importantly, they were part of a cultural movement known as “Tropicalismo,” which many of its artists were driven by socially aware lyrics and political activism.

The Military Dictatorship
The “Tropicalismo” emerged at one of the most difficult times in the Brazilian history: the military dictatorship. Yep, from 1964 to 1985, all presidents were chosen by a military junta. As you can imagine, repression and censorship dramatically impacted all forms of artistic and political expressions. Many teachers, politicians, musicians, artists and writers were investigated, arrested, tortured or exiled from the country.

Naturally, “freedom” became vital and it was expressed in colorful clothes, long hair, mixed rhythms and through the living-in-community concept. Located in the state of Bahia, the beach of Arembepe was one of the most popular hippie communities in Brazil in those days. It was also the home of “Novos Baianos,” which new lifestyle was reflected in many of songs that become classics of the Brazilian popular music later on.

Illustration: Santa Fe 2005 and Salvador 1970
In an attempt to illustrate my vision of what both cities (Santa Fe and Salvador) have in common — despite of being almost four decades apart –, I’ve put together a slide show using the pictures I took in NM (2005) and public images of Salvador and Novos Baianos’ members. To watch the video, click on the arrow below.

By the way, I am proud of the fact that Brazil has been a true democracy since 1985. Viva!

Crossing the Tocantins River August 2, 2007

Posted by Georgete in People, Photography, Trips, Videos.
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Last Saturday, I took a ferry boat from Lajeado to Palmas cities to cross the Tocantins, a Brazilian river that is born in the state of Goiás. After covering 1.6 a thousand miles, it discharges in the estuary of Amazonas. During the raining season, its navigable stretch is of almost 1.2 thousand miles. 

I was also lucky to meet two native kids. The aboriginal people of the Tocantins state live in areas demarcated by the government. There are approximately 6,000 indians who live basically of fishing, hunting and selling artisan products in addition to the production of rice and beans. They are divided into six tribes: Xerentes, Karajás, Javaé, Apinayé, Krahô and Xambioá.

I put together my favorite pictures into this one-minute video to share with you what I saw while crossing the Tocantins. The sunset was GOURGEUS!

Enjoy it!

“Do one thing every day that scares you!” July 5, 2007

Posted by Georgete in Life, Personal, Thoughts, Videos.
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You might have seen Baz Luhrman’s video (Everybody Is Free…). In case you haven’t, take a chance to listen to its messages. The first five seconds may sound boring, but don’t give up. I’m sure you will enjoy Luhrman’s advices as much as I do. My favorite ones? Here they are:

  • “Keep your old love letters; throw away your old bank statements.”

  • “Don’t waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long and in the end it is only with yourself.”

  • “Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.”

  • “Travel. Sing. Dance.”

  • “Remember compliments you receive; forget the insults. (If you succeed in doing this, tell me how).”