A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
08. Souvenir vendor
JULY 2008: Souvenir vendor
Gunga Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the state of Alagoas. It is not easy to reach Gunga: either by a ferry boat from Barra de São Miguel or via a private secondary road that has an entry at the highway. In July 2008, when I was joining a group of students from Belo Horizonte for their annual meeting in Maceió, the state capital, our bus had to enter the private road. The dirt track contained many large holes and large stones, which made it hard for the bus driver to maneuver swiftly. Most of the students were too tired to walk along the beach and took their seats at the first barrack on the beach. I also felt very tired, but I still had some energy left to walk around and take some pictures of the paradisaical beach. White sand, green palm trees, crystalline water, a clear blue sky, on a warm and a sunny day. I really imagined myself in a paradise! I was accompanied by two friends, and we met one of the many beach vendors that try to sell their merchandise to the beach-goers. This vendor was gentile and very talkative. His merchandise consisted of small bottles that contain images of colored sand. We observed that his beard had a strange shaving pattern. He noticed us looking at his beard and explained us that it shows his name. He was about to shave it the following day.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2008, 2015