While I was in Rio to cover the Carnival, I suddenly got a facebook message from a guy I knew from my time in Copenhagen, Denmark, just randomly asking me if I wanted to go to a HipHop street party / bloco later that evening, because he knows the organizer. Was surprised to suddenly get a message after 2 years not speaking, but as glad to get that offer. I sadly was severely delayed as I had to cover some other bloco too… So the party was basically over, but I still got to talk more than an hour (due to my lovely personal translator Sonia, thanks again so much! ) with some awesome people, and they made it all worth while, and they are one of the biggest reasons for me to come back to Rio again!
As there was not much party anymore, I just did some portrait shots of the people around me.
I was on my way to another bloco/carnival streetparty, when sudden events in the metro made me drive 7 stops past my original destination 🙂
I was used to that the Brazilians sing and party in the metro/subway/underground.. But what started here evolved into a full-wagon party, with ordinary people, party heads, transvestites, street/favela style guys and and and….
It was amazing to see all of them together, just having fun and partying… wish we would have that all around the world!
Gallery for better view, otherwise HERE the facebook gallery with even more photos 🙂
I had the chance to experience Rio’s Carnival at its fullest… Both the big samba school parades, their rehearsals as well as the street parties, or “blocos”
One of the most famous ones is the Bloco da Favorita in São Conrado. It is one of the most expensive suburbs of Rio, with golf clubs etc.. However it is a well right next to one of the biggest favelas of Rio too.. Favela da Rocinha. I did not manage to take photos of this contrast, but it was crazy…
Please go to the gallery in the bottom for all photos!
Gallery with more photos or here on facebook too
My friend Katrine KCL is a well known DJ in Denmark, and won the Danish DMC championship and thus came to london, on her birthday to compete:)! When I knew she was going to the world finals here in London, I knew I had to take pictures of her 🙂 Special thanks to the good people of Rapspot.dk (click on the name for more pictures) who helped me with the press pass. Was great to see familiar faces again!!