I'm from New York City. I've traveled the United States and some parts of the world. Not everywhere. I've been to Detroit and Trinidad. I've been all throughout the Southern United States. I've never seen such a glaring dichotomy between the rich and the poor or the beautiful and the ugly as I have seen in Rio De Janeiro. The country looks as though Miami and Vancouver had a baby and created the most visually and weather blessed places on the planet. Beaches and mountains. NICE beaches and gorgeous soaring spikes of rock soaring over the the city. Stunning. Then cover it in mostly bad graffitti and speckle the mountains with slums. Add rampant crime.
I was going to write a piece about how screwy this place is but rather - the people that i have met have been tirelessly friendly. The beaches have been gorgeous. The mountains just kill me every time I look outside. Even when the weather isn't cooperating like the one day i got to go out and shoot some short timelapses the place is still stunning.
Below are a couple of timelapses that I shot from Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio with the D5 and the Syrp genie mini.