Vigário Geral, Brazil is located in the Northern part of Rio de Janeiro. It is a favela, most famous for the Vigário Geral Massacre in 1993.
There are roughly 900 favelas in Rio. The life choices for young children of the favelas are often limited to drug trafficking, domestic help or manual labor. This is slowly changing as children engage through organizations like AfroReggae, an NGO promoting social change through culture and arts in concert with the strong sense of family and community that already exist.
This photographic project evolved by documenting the activities of one of the AfroReggae’s culture centers, located in Vigário Geral. My style is to immerse myself in the rhythm of the location; I work by instinct with no set plan. The sheer pleasure of hanging out with the children and their energy was what inspired this