Sunday Morning Around Sumaré

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    Sunday Morning Around Sumar

    Introduction

    As part of a personal training program in photography, I set out to try to take some pictures

    that told a story. In addition, I knew that early morning light is a good time to take pictures,

    and that this Sunday the weather would be nice.

    But what story did I want to tell? It came to me that maybe I could use a concept expressed as

    follows: When we go through our everyday life we miss and dismiss many things, automatically

    filtering out a lot of mundane and lesser sights, sounds, feelings and thoughts. Could I find

    some subjects that normally go unnoticed and that might be worth studying? What follows are

    the results.

    The Original PlanAfter some thinking and studying, I formulated the following:

    The Choice of Location

    The idea was to find a place that had a nice view, particularly at sunrise. Additionally there

    should be plenty of greenery and nature around it. With the help of Google Maps and Street

    View, I choose the Sumar Metro station, about 2 kilometers from my apartment. I could

    easily go there some time before the 6 am sunrise and take my "nature" photos.

    On further thinking, the idea of showing that So Paulo isn't such an ugly city after all came to

    me, and I could contrast the "green" in So Paulo with the "ugly" everyday concrete andasphalt constructions that I live with.

    During a Saturday morning scouting of the chosen location, as a bonus I found that there was

    an interesting little garden near the taxi stand, and even some nearby buildings, interesting

    from an architectural standpoint.

    So Paulo - A Big Modern City

    Mass transportation in So Paul is very limited, particularly considering the size of the city and

    the number of people that depend on it. Moving around in So Paulo by car or public

    transportation is the only negative aspect in my daily life. And judging from the recent

    demonstrations and riots in the city, transportation difficulties in a large part of the population

    generates similar negative feelings. For more information, you can Google: MPL - "Movimento

    Pass Livre"

    As may be seen in some of the annexed photographs, So Paulo's metro is very modern and

    fairly well maintained. It is just too small and limited. The stress and even violence generated

    by this situation can only be felt traveling around the city.

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    What Was Found

    Photos n 1, 2 and 3: a) peace and beauty in the sunrise: this was expected as no early

    morning rain or storm was forecasted; b) violence and stress in the dark tree branches, but

    with hope of peace of the sunrise coming behind them;

    Photos n 4 and 5: violence in the previously unseen wooden sculpture found in the garden.

    The iron wire around the neck, the crack in the head, and the suffering expression in a

    "natural" wood log was so shocking and sad after a peaceful time taking photos of the sunrise;

    Photos n 6, 7, 8 and 9: beauty and interest in the buildings and even the streetlights.

    Conclusion

    Sunday morning is a good time for reflection - does it come from my early religious training?

    My original idea of the existence for an intrinsic conflict between "Nature" and the "Concrete /

    Asphalt" found in any city seems, at least to me, to be wrong. After seeing and reflecting on

    the results of my photographic work, it came to back me that there is good and bad in both:

    "Nature" and a "Concrete / Asphalt" city.

    In my opinion, violence and peace can be found anywhere and anytime. More comments of

    mine on these topics have already been started. Sometime I hope to finish them enough to be

    suitable to publish.

    Photos n 1, 2 and 3:

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    Photos n 4 and 5:

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    Photos n 6, 7, 8 and 9:

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