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Boy from Favelas, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 2009 by Tash  Menon

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Boy from Favelas, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 2009 by 

Be it between the rich and poor, the city and slums, the learned and illiterate or wealthy entrepreneurs and street urchins, Brazil remains to be a nation of startling and distorted contrasts. Despite it slowly erasing its “developing world” status that has been beset by historical and contemporary obstacles, Brazil is only now finding its feet and emerging as potential new-age economic power.

Yet although sustainable economic growth and urbanisation has clearly started to take place, the nations cities continue to coexist with a large, populous and poorer country sides. This has resulted in an intricate social structure within the nation, with the upper-class elite purely dividing amongst themselves and large-scale peasantry and working class consisting of those who seek out meager living within Favelas.

Rocinha in Rio de Janeiro is Brazil’s largest favela and other than the horrific quantity of drug trafficking that haunts this working-class district, another challenging issue it faces is its inability to provide appropriate education for its youth. Although there are some well developed, public school systems being offered, it is common to find that a number of children dropping out after 5 or 6 years, due to the pressures associated with living in an undeveloped, highly class-differentiated society. This young boy here is one of them.


  • Mark Ramstead
    Mark Ramsteadalmost 6 years ago

    Quite a good photo and quite striking.

  • thanks so much

    – Tash Menon

  • chrisdade
    chrisdadeover 5 years ago

    Powerful portrait and writing.

  • Thanks Chris, appreciate the comments on the writing as well x

    – Tash Menon

  • Snapshooter
    Snapshooterover 5 years ago

    Lol – vivid hairtones, nice portrait :O)


  • tracyxkeema
    tracyxkeemaover 5 years ago

    your work is incredible natasha, i’ve enjoyed looking through your images, this one is particularly striking x

  • Oh- thanks so much Tracy! It really means a lot to me that you have got something from my work- I really appreciate it that time you took to look through it all hun!! thanks again x

    – Tash Menon

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 5 years ago

    great portrait

  • Thanks so much antanas!

    – Tash Menon

  • Brian Dahlen
    Brian Dahlenover 5 years ago

    Excellent photo…funny, he looks exactly like my brother in law except his skin is darker,

  • Haha..thanks Brian! Would your brother-in-law agree with the description!?

    – Tash Menon

  • Brian Dahlen
    Brian Dahlenover 5 years ago

    I doubt it, he seldom agrees with me about anything…he’s an artist also…lol

  • hehe…oh well Ill take your word for it then:P

    – Tash Menon

  • lacewren
    lacewrenover 5 years ago

    another great portrait and social commentary. experiential riches don’t fill a belly.

  • thanks for the comment :)

    – Tash Menon

  • LeilaniMelayna
    LeilaniMelaynaabout 5 years ago

    Great male portrait, dear Natasha! Cheers to you & the model!

    Smiles :o) Leilani

  • willowwyles
    willowwylesabout 5 years ago

    The eyes are amazing …really draw u into the picture

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