Aldeia Guarani Mbyá, Brasil

[caption id="attachment_376" align="aligncenter" width="604" caption="Aldeia Guarani Mbyá"][/caption] Just got back from a week long shooting trip in São Paulo, Brasil. The weather was excellent even though it is technically the rainy season. São Paulo is the sixth largest mega city in the world and the largest in the southern hemisphere. With 11 million plus inhabitants, it is bustling with activities 24/7. There are numerous galleries, museums, wonderful restaurants and sizable parks for all paulistanos and visitors alike.

The highlight of this trip is a 2-day visit to the Aldeia Guarani Myba, an indigenous slum settlement at the edge of the city. What makes this place unique is the proximity of its location to one of the world's largest metropolis. It is only about an hour by car towards the mountains at the edge of the city. The contrast between the two worlds are immense.

The natives were warm and welcoming. I was allowed to wander freely in the village photographing the residents for the most part. Even though poverty is an undeniable fact in this part of the world, the natives seem like a very content bunch. The kids were like kids anywhere, busy occupying themselves with whatever they could get their hands on. I thoroughly enjoyed photographing them.

You can check out some of the pix from the village in this gallery.

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