Water Paths

A55_9639

Walking in the village
In the floating village of Cacau Pereira, water is present in everyday life, at the doorstep, below and all around. This same water, used as a path to go from one place to another, also serves to clean, discharge, wash clothes and the house, cook, and drink. The riverine people are strong and perfectly adapted to the environment, with a vigorous immune system. This system has worked for hundreds of years regarding the caboclo population, and for thousands of years when it comes to indigenous peoples. However, in our days, urban-industrial development has reached the interior and introduced products that the natural environment cannot absorb: plastic, fuels, detergents, and other lethal chemicals invade water and land without consideration for the consequences. Also, the “industrial revolution” introduced new and questionable foods such as treacherous sugars, ruthless fats, hormones, and wicked antibiotics… The criterion of consequences requires a great moderating and educational effort. New cultural paradigms are necessary to preserve the survival and health of these peoples.

A55_9639 – Leonide Principe
Equipment: NIKON D2X with lens AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED set at 200 mm – Exposition: ISO: 100 – Aperture: 6.7 – Shutter: 1/180 – Program: Normal – Exp. Comp.: -0.3,
Original digital capture of a real life scene –
Original file size: 4320px x 2868px
Location: Cacau Pereira (Manaus – Amazonas Brazil)
Date: January 23, 2008 – Time: 2:00:42 PM
Collection: Riverines – Persons shown: anonymous riverine woman
Keywords:
canoas, canoes, ribeirinhos, riverines, riverside dwellers, caboclos, caboclo, GENTE, PEOPLE, mulheres, woman, women, Cacau Pereira, Manaus, Manaos, Amazonas, Amazônia, Amazon, Amazonian, Brazil, Brasil, Brazilian, América do Sul, South America
EN1 Walking in the village A55_9639
PT1 Passeando na vila A55_9639
© – Leonide Principe, all right reserved
https://leonideprincipe.photos

P02_045

Eyes in the Igapó
As soon as the girl turned her face, the flash light tore through the darkness of the igapó in the Breves region of Pará. I had been waiting for this moment for a few minutes. Occasionally, the girl turned her head to receive silent instructions from her father, who was at the stern with another paddle behind me. Sometimes the photographer is cruelly indiscreet and coldly plans his capture of light.
The girl’s father propelled the canoe, while the girl increased the maneuverability of the boat among the trees with precise touches. Like a trail in the forest, the path of the canoe is zigzagging and labyrinthine, but the perfect synchrony between the two rowers leads to an effortless crossing on a precise track.
In the channel of the Amazon River, with a deep breath lasting a year, the igapó fills and empties in a variation of up to 10 meters. Here, near the ocean, the tides also have their voice and disobey the annual flow of the seasons. When the water enters the forest, it becomes the natural path of the riverine people.

P02_045 – Leonide Principe
Camera Nikon F5 with Nikkor lens 70-200mm f2.8 – Diapositive Film Fujichrome Velvia 50 – Scanner: Nikon SUPER COOLSCAN 5000 ED
Digitised from a positive on film –
Original file size: 3651px x 5426px
Location Taken: Limoeiro do Ajurú (Breves – Pará Brazil)
Date Taken: 1992
Collection: Riverines – Persons shown: -name not available
Keywords:
canoas, canoes, ribeirinhos, riverines, riverside dwellers, caboclos, caboclo, GENTE, PEOPLE, mulheres, woman, women, Limoeiro do Ajurú, Breves, Pará, Para, Amazônia, Amazon, Amazonian, Brazil, Brasil, Brazilian, América do Sul, South America
EN2 Eyes in the igapó P02_045
PT2 Olhos no igapó P02_045
© – Leonide Principe, all right reserved
https://leonideprincipe.photos

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