BRAZIL TROPICAL LIGHT
The «Brazil Tropical Light» series was devised from the photographer’s experience in the peripheral cultures of big Brazilian cities as well as the plunge into the depths of the Amazon rainforest. Mostly renowned for its wildlife and vegetation, the Amazons are equally vast in their human mosaic. This colourful universe, often referred to as “minorities”, has been historically oppressed and erased in Brazil. The original native communities saw the much-needed protection neglected, and the absence of the historical atonement owed to the people of the African diaspora did not help either.
In the management of their dignified survival, these communities claim their sense of belonging to be in a new Brazil. Today, transformation seems to spring from the colours and the beauty of their rituals, which are arrayed in a brave and urgent yell of resistance. The «Brazil Tropical Light» series wants to be a witness and reminder for all the people that are yet to come.
Alex Almeida is a Brazilian musician born in 1973 in Santos, also known as “Pelé’s home”. Only later in life he became a journalist and photographer.
Since his young undergrad years, curiosity and awe drove him to discover the world unfolding before his eyes, and an essential part was that he needed to be the one to make such discoveries. Because of that, he journeyed into the heartlands of Brazil. He found out the beautiful cultural cauldron treasure, secularly hidden and cut from broadcasts and the mediatic agenda.
His excursions through the fluvial roads of the forests—or the desolate whereabouts of faraway towns in the North and Northeast Brazil—were as exhausting as they were richly rewarding. Almeida will continue his journey always heading north, in which he strolls to find company and pleasure watching the vivid parade of resistance still hiding into the Amazons.