Rodney Daly and a friend recently returned from a tour of Brazil, and their focus was on soccer. Thousands of photos and a book are the result. Rodney shares with us:
“Both of these photos were taken on a beach in Salvador. Salvador is on the north east side of Brazil along the Atlantic Ocean. Sunny, warm and soccer galore. Every beach we walked on had people of all ages playing soccer. On a beach, all you need is a ball, make shift goals and several people willing to play. These young men played the game fast and furious with gusto and always with passion, even though they were just recreational games. Soccer is a religion and a passion in Brazil. It was a pleasure to walk around and photograph these men. To me it was a form of street photography because the moments were always just that… in the moment! No posing, no smiling, just playing the game they love!
Our book was a passion of my buddy Danny Donuts, and I was fortunate enough to go along as the photographer. All of my photos were taken with my Nikon D3000. We took about 2000 photos overall in our 15 day trek and narrowed it down to the best 150 or so shots for the book. Danny did most of the writing as he is the aficionado on the history of soccer in Brazil and its stadiums and museums. The whole trip was a blast and we highly recommend folks going to Brazil! If you don’t like soccer, there are plenty of other things there that the people are passionate about, and they are just lovely and full of life! Anybody who wants more info on Brazil, soccer or the book can contact me directly if they wish.”