Children of the Rainbow Film in PDN’s 2013 Photo Annual

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I am excited to announce that my personal short film, Children of the Rainbow, has won it’s second award of this year!  The PDN Photo Annual honored Children of the Rainbow in their video category alongside other fantastic works.  View the complete PDN 2013 Photo Annual winners gallery here.  Thank you to the beautiful people of Brazil for inspiring me and for making this film possible.

About the film:

For my 40th birthday, I treated myself to a week-long street photography workshop held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, led by Peter Turnley.  The focus of the workshop was based on documenting carnival, the annual cultural festival complete with imaginative floats, elaborate costumes, and hordes of people singing and dancing in the streets.  I felt this was the perfect opportunity to get out of my comfort zone, challenge myself creatively, and leave with a new body of work.

After spending mere hours in Rio, I was exhilarated by the energy and joy surrounding me from the festivities. I arrived on a hot, sticky, humid day, well rested for the long nights ahead of me. Carnival festivities begin late at night and carry on throughout the evening, ending when the sun rises. I was spellbound walking through the rainy streets smelling of acaraje (the favored street food fare) and beer, with my finger looming over the shutter. The vibrant spirit in the streets was palpable. You could feel the energy coursing throughout people of all ages, from children to grandparents, as they celebrated on the streets of the favelas to the main stage at the Sambadrome.

Children of the Rainbow is my homage to the beautiful culture and people of Brazil.  I attempted to capture the essence of carnival to share with others and hopefully broaden other people’s horizons.  Enjoy the journey.

To purchase a limited web edition of The Spirit of Carnival print, visit Kwakushop.

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