A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
JULY 2006: Capoeira
In Salvador, we were hosted by the local Federal University, the UFBA. During our first evening in Salvador, we were invited to watch demonstrations of aspects of the local culture. First of all, we all joined to have the traditional acarajé snack: a deep-fried snack made from peeled black-eyed peas, and filled with a pasta with onions, and shrimps. That night, I got acquainted with the candomblé rituals. Those rituals had been introduced by African slaves and their descendants. Another slave’s legacy is the capoeira, a kind of martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music. For the slaves, it was strictly forbidden to wear and use weapons; therefore, the slaves developed a different kind of martial art, in which footwork plays an important role. A professional capoeira demonstration is breathtaking to watch. The tightly controlled acrobatic moves, with which they are apparently hitting each other, but in fact they really try to avoid touching each other. One of the most impressive moves was the somersault as demonstrated in the picture. I was lucky to have taken the picture at the right time, when this performer was still doing his somersault, as if he was hovering, just thirty centimeters above the floor!
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2006, 2014