A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
DECEMBER 2006: Tropical Santa
December 2006, only two weeks before Christmas. I was in Rio de Janeiro, and I joined a group of students in their climb of the Urca Mountain, the little brother of the Sugarloaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar). It was a very hot day, and we were sweating a lot, on our way to the top. From the top, we much enjoyed magnificent views of the City of Rio, especially the neighborhoods of Botafogo and Flamengo. The top of Urca hosts a concert hall, where rehearsals were going on. Those who visit the concert hall surely would not climb on foot, but rather prefer the much more comfortable but pricey cable car. The most notable artist on Urca was the Man in Red, with a full white beard. It was Santa Claus! He should have been suffering a lot, to wear his winter clothes during that hot afternoon. But when I took a closer look, these winter clothes were made of silk-like material. A kind of a tropical Santa suit, but he looked like any Santa in the world. A cameraman had to record this precious tropical Santa moment.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2006, 2014