I Visited Rio last year to shoot for the art book that I am Creating and a magazine collaboration Which I wasn’t able to finish. The shoot consisted in 12 different sets. A series of various areas and groups of people trough different parts of the “City of god” however I had to wrap my shoot up at set number 5.
I was shooting at a beach called “Praia Do Secreto” beautiful place for its huge rocks and wild looks but also very dangerous, Specially during the winter time when the ocean is Rough.
During my shoot I slipped trough the rocks and felt on the exact same place where about 20 minutes later when i finally manage to struggle out of the water I learned that several people had died.
It was by far the most intense experience I’ve gone trough and I didn’t think I would make it out alive, However I did, and It felt like much more than that. I don’t know if i was high from all the salt water I swallowed or from hitting between rocks and waves but It truly felt as if I was being reborn, like the ocean and Mother Nature decided to let me out. Awakening moment.
All of my equipment was lost but oddly enough SD cards are very hard to be damaged by water so I was able to recover the photographs. Truly Stoked to Share with you this one shot Below this text which was the last Click i snapped before slipping into the Ocean.
The rest is all Rio magic