A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
228: Homeless man
JANUARY 2009: Homeless man
In January 2009, I visited the cozy historical town of Olinda. Olinda played an important role in the Dutch occupation of Brazil, but nothing remains of the Dutch period in Olinda, because the city was burned by the Dutch. The results of reconstruction by the Portuguese are well admired; you can take long walks in the hilly old town, on the slippery cobblestones. You will see dozens of historic houses are plastered in bright colors. At the end of a tiring day, I met a group of my fellow travelers, who were waiting for our bus that would take us back to Recife, where we had our accommodation. A man with a distinctive turban and a large gray garbage bag walked towards us. One of our travelers had turned on a radio and others began to dance on the rhythm of Brazilian popular music. Spontaneously this homeless man joined them and danced with much joy. He sang too, and appeared to be happy to dance away his sorrows.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2009, 2016