Best photos of the year 2013

9 of 93 | RAFAEL MARCHANTE, Portugal   “I met Nelson Tavares by chance; his neighborhood is on the outskirts of Lisbon where I went to do a story about the neighborhood parties. His neighborhood has a reputation for being contentious, so many organizations wanted to provide it with a face-lift. This is why they contacted several graffiti artists to work in the neighborhood. I was strolling through the neighborhood when I turned a street and suddenly found Tavares, who was working on his fantastic graffiti of Nelson Mandela. Tavares’ neighborhood is mostly populated by Cape Verdean and Angolans, so Tavares’ graffiti was like a tribute to the origins of the neighborhood’s residents. All the residents were happy with having Nelson Mandela smiling in their neighborhood. While Tavares was putting the final touches to his work, curious people were looking at his piece and I went to them in order to ask them about their opinion about Tavares’ work. A gentleman of Angolan origin told me that Tavares 's work was like "a ray of light in a dark neighborhood". This comment made me think a lot about the role we play in our difficult environment. There are people who have the gift of giving light to difficult environments, such as the case of Mandela in South Africa, and also why not, Nelson Tavares in his neighborhood.”   Canon EOS 1DX, lens 16-35mm, f2.8, 1/1600, ISO 200   Caption: Nelson Tavares, 24, originally from Cape Verde, works on a graffiti of Nelson Mandela which he painted during festivities in his neighborhood in Lisbon June 20, 2013. Tavares works at a printing company where he charges the Portuguese minimum wage of 485 Euros. He studied at the school of arts, and is now preparing his first exhibition of paintings. Tavares lives with his parents.   Click here for a related package on earning minimum wage   “Conheci por acaso o Nelson Tavares no seu bairro, que fica nos arredores de Lisboa, onde eu estava a fazer uma reportagem sobre festas de bairro. O seu bairro tem a reputação de ser algo conflituoso e, por isso, várias organizações queriam melhorar a sua imagem e contactaram vários grafiteiros para fazer diversas obras. Eu estava a passear pelo bairro quando, ao virar uma rua, encontrei de repente o Tavares trabalhando no seu fantástico graffiti de Nelson Mandela. O bairro do Tavares é maioritariamente habitado por pessoas originárias de Cabo Verde e Angola, de modo que o graffiti de Tavares é como que um tributo à origem dos vizinhos. Todos os vizinhos ficaram felizes tendo um Nelson Mandela sorridente no seu bairro. Enquanto Tavares estava a dar os toques finais ao seu trabalho, não faltavam curiosos a ver como trabalhava. Fui ter com eles para saber o que achavam da obra do Tavares. Um senhor de origem Angolana disse-me que o trabalho dele era como "um raio de luz num bairro escuro". Este comentário fez-me pensar muito sobre o papel que as pessoas desempenham no nosso ambiente. Em que há pessoas que têm o dom de trazer luz para ambientes difíceis, como é o caso de Mandela na África do Sul, e também porque não, do Nelson Tavares no seu bairro.”

9 of 93 | RAFAEL MARCHANTE, Portugal
“I met Nelson Tavares by chance; his neighborhood is on the outskirts of Lisbon where I went to do a story about the neighborhood parties. His neighborhood has a reputation for being contentious, so many organizations wanted to provide it with a face-lift. This is why they contacted several graffiti artists to work in the neighborhood. I was strolling through the neighborhood when I turned a street and suddenly found Tavares, who was working on his fantastic graffiti of Nelson Mandela. Tavares’ neighborhood is mostly populated by Cape Verdean and Angolans, so Tavares’ graffiti was like a tribute to the origins of the neighborhood’s residents. All the residents were happy with having Nelson Mandela smiling in their neighborhood. While Tavares was putting the final touches to his work, curious people were looking at his piece and I went to them in order to ask them about their opinion about Tavares’ work. A gentleman of Angolan origin told me that Tavares ‘s work was like “a ray of light in a dark neighborhood”. This comment made me think a lot about the role we play in our difficult environment. There are people who have the gift of giving light to difficult environments, such as the case of Mandela in South Africa, and also why not, Nelson Tavares in his neighborhood.”
Canon EOS 1DX, lens 16-35mm, f2.8, 1/1600, ISO 200
Caption: Nelson Tavares, 24, originally from Cape Verde, works on a graffiti of Nelson Mandela which he painted during festivities in his neighborhood in Lisbon June 20, 2013. Tavares works at a printing company where he charges the Portuguese minimum wage of 485 Euros. He studied at the school of arts, and is now preparing his first exhibition of paintings. Tavares lives with his parents.
Click here for a related package on earning minimum wage
“Conheci por acaso o Nelson Tavares no seu bairro, que fica nos arredores de Lisboa, onde eu estava a fazer uma reportagem sobre festas de bairro. O seu bairro tem a reputação de ser algo conflituoso e, por isso, várias organizações queriam melhorar a sua imagem e contactaram vários grafiteiros para fazer diversas obras. Eu estava a passear pelo bairro quando, ao virar uma rua, encontrei de repente o Tavares trabalhando no seu fantástico graffiti de Nelson Mandela. O bairro do Tavares é maioritariamente habitado por pessoas originárias de Cabo Verde e Angola, de modo que o graffiti de Tavares é como que um tributo à origem dos vizinhos. Todos os vizinhos ficaram felizes tendo um Nelson Mandela sorridente no seu bairro. Enquanto Tavares estava a dar os toques finais ao seu trabalho, não faltavam curiosos a ver como trabalhava. Fui ter com eles para saber o que achavam da obra do Tavares. Um senhor de origem Angolana disse-me que o trabalho dele era como “um raio de luz num bairro escuro”. Este comentário fez-me pensar muito sobre o papel que as pessoas desempenham no nosso ambiente. Em que há pessoas que têm o dom de trazer luz para ambientes difíceis, como é o caso de Mandela na África do Sul, e também porque não, do Nelson Tavares no seu bairro.”

 

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