Rocinha Favela Kids, Rio de Janeiro Brazil 2009 by Tash  Menon

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From a tourists vision of Brazilan society and culture, there is a whirlwind blur of stereotypes….. Carnaval in Rio, dental-floss bikinis, Cachaca rum, salsa, beautiful beaches and not to forget the beautiful beach bodys. But beyond this one-dimensional mirage, as travellers our knowledge of what truly constitutes this vibrant nation is a harphazzard perception.

With approximately 150,000 residents, Rocinha is Rio de Janeiro’s drug-ridden working-class district that is buried amongst the hill sides of the elegant city. Although infrastructure is relatively developed with both electricity and cable TV available, a fundamental concern facing its impoverished youth is that joining organized crime is often the most suitable and achievable lifestyle alternative.

This leads to the question, as to whether the energy and sense of sheer hope that sparks behind these smiles, will soon fade due to the confined options society places on these children.


  • Jens Helmstedt
    Jens Helmstedtalmost 6 years ago

    A lovely shot you made of this kids! Stunning!

  • Alessandro Pinto
    Alessandro Pintoalmost 6 years ago

    Fabulous capture.. perfect moment !

  • Tash  Menon
    Tash Menonalmost 6 years ago

    Both Jens and Alessandro- thanks so much for all your continuous postitive feedback! I really appreciate it :) :) :) :) and yes these kids were amazing!!

  • Mark Ramstead
    Mark Ramsteadalmost 6 years ago

    Just great!

  • Tash  Menon
    Tash Menonalmost 6 years ago

    Thank MntMan ::)

  • Elana Halvorson
    Elana Halvorsonalmost 6 years ago

    So joyous

  • Tash  Menon
    Tash Menonalmost 6 years ago

    Thanks Elana x

  • Wendy  Slee
    Wendy Sleealmost 6 years ago

    beautiful capture of spontaneous joy! Kids being kids -it’s pretty much the same the world over!

  • Precisely right! These little ones were truly amazing!! :)

    – Tash Menon

  • Wendy  Slee
    Wendy Sleealmost 6 years ago

    yes, it;s just a shame that they have to grow up into a world that is less than inviting and all this spontaneity and innocence will possibly be erased…..

  • It makes you really appreciate the little things we are so fortunate for bt at the same time you feel so helpless..thanks for the comments wendy xx

    – Tash Menon

  • micklyn
    micklynalmost 6 years ago

    Great capture!!

  • Thanks Mickyn :)

    – Tash Menon

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