Cartwheel Kidby: Ed Atrero
This photo was taken during a wedding I was second shooting for Vinicius Matos in Rio De Janeiro. A favela boy had the whole beach to himself. Although Brasil has been on the rise economically for some years, it is still a country of much social stratification. The luxurious Sheraton Rio is paradoxically located across the street from one of the largest favelas (slums) in Brasil. Children from the Vidigal favela are commonly seen enjoying the idyllic beach that adjoins the Sheraton, that is only of course when they are not locked in their homes for days during drug wars. There are more than 8000 murders in some years making Rio one of the most dangerous places to call home.
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