Street Photography, Featuring ‘The Girl from Ipanema’

I’m going through a strong street photography phase, which makes for a nice change from the recent architecture and illustrative editorials. I quite enjoy street photography, probably because it’s a bit of an adrenaline shot and unpredictable.

I’m still in Rio, with lots going on. I’m flowing with different ideas to turn my stock photos into cash, and having some fun.

The Girl from Ipanema

I was walking along the promenade of Ipanema, enjoying a coconut as one would while there, when I noticed this dark-skinned athletic woman confidently walking down the promenade. I also saw that in the space of a few minutes, at least three men flirted with her.

I immediately thought of the iconic song, Garota de Ipanema. Here are the lyrics translated into English:

“Tall and tanned and young and lovely

The girl from Ipanema goes walking

And when she passes, each one she passes goes: A-a-ah!

When she walks she’s like a samba that

Swings so cool and sways so gentle,

That when she passes, each one she passes goes: A-a-ah!

Oh, but I watch her so sadly

How can I tell her I love her?

Yes, I would give my heart gladly

But each day when she walks to the sea

She looks straight ahead not at me

Tall and tanned and young and lovely

The girl from Ipanema goes walking

And when she passes I smile, but she doesn’t see

She just doesn’t see

No, she doesn’t see”

– Antônio Carlos Jobim and Portuguese lyrics by Vinicius de Moraes, released 1964

I followed The Girl from Ipanema for a bit and just about managed to get a few shots. The following being my favourite:

Garota de Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

It's a pity this is such a tight crop but you can see the full version here and from another (closer) angle. A great shot and would be a pity that buyers won’t find it, so I did my best to caption it and keyword it to the best of my abilities:

Caption: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Jan 6, 2018: Man checks out beautiful Afro-Brazilian woman walking down the promenade at Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Something for you to think about next time you want to turn a catchy song into a profitable stock photo! Now, where's that yellow brick road?!

Alexandre Rotenberg - Travel Photographer

Photo credits: Brasilnut.

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