A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
113. Cristo’s Hand
OCTOBER 2007: Cristo’s Hand
The statue of Cristo Redentor in Rio de Janeiro is considered as one of the seven world wonders. It is very hard to take a good picture of the enormous statue. Many tourists may have experienced that. The sun above the statue sometimes can be a disturbing factor. At other moments, you can have bad luck, when low, dense clouds cover the statue. One time, when I visited Cristo Redentor in January 2007, I had this experience. On this October day, it was very sunny, with few clouds. Many tourists took dozens of pictures. There were many foreign tourists; once and a while, my ears caught some Dutch words. But there were too many tourists to identify the Dutch-speaking tourist. Almost everyone took the same kind of picture, showing oneself together with the statue. Most of them took a standardized pose, others tried to be funny. Unfortunately, some disrespectful individuals made obscene gestures in front of the lens. I took the opportunity of the beautiful weather, and took various pictures of the entire statue, as well as some detailed pictures of the hands, for instance. When I was taking a picture of the right hand, a dove suddenly appeared.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2007, 2015
Redeeming Hand at Corcovado Peak, RIO DE JANEIRO (RJ)
It is hard to miss the shape of the Corcovado (‘Hunchback’) Peak in Rio de Janeiro. This peak is 710 meters high, with the famous statue of Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) built on it. More than one million tourists visit the Modern World Wonder annually. Thus far, I have visited this World Wonder three times. My first encounter with the enormous statue was in January 2007. I joined a group to climb the slopes of the Corcovado Hill. I was amazed by the breathtaking views, but I had the bad luck that my camera broke one day before our visit.
The second visit occurred in October 2007. This time, I joined some friends who took a van. The fastest way, but also expensive. And your time is restricted, 90 minutes at most. And I had back luck again, I had forgotten my camera. That day, it was very cloudy, and the statue was really invisible.
My third visit was only one day later. I joined another group, who followed the track of the railroad that is heading for the peak. And finally, I had my camera with me. When I was in front of the statue, I took many shots. Of the breathtaking view of the city of Rio, under sunny circumstances. And I made a number of shots of the statue. Details of the statue. When I aimed on one of the hands of the statue, I clicked. And when I clicked, a dove was on its way. A lucky shot.
The original picture was taken in October 2007.
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