One of the many things I love about being a travel photographer, besides the obvious, is that it actually entails aspects from nearly every other genre of photography. I get to be a portrait, landscape, still-life and even food photographer. Come to think of it, I recently even found myself at an exotic wedding here in Saudi Arabia where my +1 was my Nikon. You have to be as comfortable shooting people spontaneously in a market at f/5.6 as you do mounted on a tripod at f/22. What’s more, the real “magic” happens when these lines are blurred together and you are able to capture what the industry likes to call the “environmental portrait. Such was the case when I was able to make this photograph.
I had set out on a stroll down Rio’s famous Ipanema Beach on a semi-overcast day day looking to capture some of the local beach culture and the cast of characters that create it when I came across these two young boys playing and well, being boys. After spending some time goofing off and chatting with them (as best I could) I finally realized they were actually brothers. ”Wait a minute, your brothers? Aren’t those twin peaks at the end of the beach called, Morro Dois Irmaos (Two Brother’s Mountain)? Hey, you don’t mind if I take some “fotos” do you?” Serendipitous? Yes! Fate? Karma?… You decide. I’m happy just chalking it up as another magical moment as a travel photographer!