|A composite of images of Maisa Soares Silva modeling on Copacabana & Ipanema Beach|
in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo: copyright Jerome Shaw / http://www.JeromeShaw.com
But for the personal relationship we made with one of the beach chair and umbrella vendors this photo shoot might not have turned out so well. As I was making these photographs early one morning I heard Gustavo calling out to me from yards down the beach – he was excitedly waving his arms and gesturing. I thought it a bit odd that he was so friendly at that time of the morning. He surely knew we were not in the market for beach chairs and beer. I put down to him being friendly and went on photographing.
|Maisa Soares Silva on Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro,|
Brazil. Photo: copyright Jerome Shaw / http://www.JeromeShaw.com
All I can say is – it pays to make friends when you are traveling. I make it a priority to find a coffee shop, a bar, a restaurant, and in this case a beach chair guy when I get to new destination. For the most part I just like developing a familiar place in the midst of so many unfamiliar surroundings. It is nice to see a smile of recognition when you walk into the bakery each morning to buy your coconut bread or in the corner shop when the clerk helps you with the word for pasts (massa) because he remembered that the last time you were in you couldn’t remember it either.
In this case developing a go to guy on the beach helped me keep my camera equipment.
These photos was taken with Nikon F100 & FG film cameras using Nikkor lenses from 20mm to 400mm. The film used for this image is Fujicolor Superia 200, the exposures vary. The photos were taken in early morning light.