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The view from my perch in a Camarote at Che Lagarto Hostel

Photos of Carnival – Salvador de Bahia, Brazil

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The view from my perch in a Camarote at Che Lagarto Hostel

Photos of Carnival – Salvador de Bahia, Brazil

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It seems that during the week of Carnival “normal” finds a hiding place giving way to the colouful, the interesting and the down right crazy. However, it is a beautiful thing. The openness that is displayed during Brazilian Carnival really is what makes it such a great experience. It seems that the vast majority of people manage to set aside their preconceived stereotypes and simply settle in to enjoy the experience of being at Carnival.

The first couple of days of carnival I left my big camera in my apartment. Any time I even pulled out my small point and shoot camera people around me would warn me to be careful. On two separate occasions I had a hand dip into my empty pockets, so the risk was obviously real. On the final night of carnival, however, I came to the realization that I could not come to an event like this and not document it. In the end, with my DSLR and my huge 70-200mm lens I found that not only did I feel safe on the streets, but that people would open up to me because of it, give me extra space and sort of protect me on the side. Thankfully, I was able to complete a task I had always wanted to do, I managed to capture the people of carnival.

Here are my photos from Carnival in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.

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Ladies – Click to enlarge
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Lady selling chicken kabobs… yum – Click to enlarge
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One of the better performers of the night for sure.
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A police officer moving through the crowds
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All types come out for carnival – click to enlarge… if you dare
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One of my favourite people in carnival, a beer vendor – click to enlarge
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One of the few performers who didn’t have a bloco with her, a huge bonus in my opinion – click to enlarge
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Maybe not the type of event I would bring my kid to, but cute none the less – click to enlarge
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One of the more popular Brazilian artists, Jammil. I’ve heard people refer to him as the Brazilian Ricky Martin… with talent – Click to Enlarge
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You can’t go to carnival unless you’re dressed up – Click to Enlarge
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On of my favourite photos of carnival. The Trucks push through the crowds carrying the entertainment. The people in the coloured shirts are in the blocos. The price to walk beside the truck? Around 200-300 Dollars. – Click to enlarge.
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The King has arrived at Carnival – Click to enlarge
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The police standing guard as the mayhem runs rampant around them – click to enlgarge
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It’s not only Brazilian acts at Carnival. Here DJ David Guetta preforms, Will.I.am also preformed this night.
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If I would have know crowns were in this year I would have packed one – Click to Enlarge
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The police line up on the streets in lines of four, they mean business – Click to enlgarge
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It’s great to be able to get so close to the acts. Anyone can get this close, regardless of where you are: I was, however, in a camarote. – click to enlarge
From Left to Right: Random french guy, Myself, Marcello from Wanderingtrader.com, and Marcellos Malaria of the Mouth victim (inside joke) – click to enlarge

What did I miss?

On Saturday I posted a photo of Salvador da Bahia from after Carnival.

What’s next?

The carnival stuff isn’t over yet, however I am going to get a little bit serious about it in my next article.  On Wednesday I will be posing an article about Race and Segregation during Carnival.

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