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Rio city guide in this month’s National Geographic Traveller

In this month’s National Geographic Traveller UK is my eighth feature for the magazine, this time it’s about a place I know well – a city guide to my adopted second home of Rio de Janeiro. Sandwiched in between the World Cup and the Olympics next year, and struggling with an economic downturn, the ‘cidade marvelosa’ (marvelous city) still shines brightly and remains a top destination, whether you’re looking for great beaches, music or a joie de vivre that is difficult to find anywhere else.

Brazil - Carnival - Rio de Janeiro Samba Schools practice at the Sambadrome Phil Clarke Hill

Brazil – Carnival – Rio de Janeiro Samba Schools practice at the Sambadrome

Rio Rap featured in the Washington Post

A couple of picture excerpt from the story I have been working on for some time now about the underground hip-hop scene in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro is in the Washington Post this week, with a great text written by my collaborator Dom Phillips, Brazil correspondent for the Post.

Take a look at it here

Rio rap story, Brazil Phil Clarke Hill

Rio rap story, Brazil

Summer Solstice at Glastonbury with Arcadia

It’s that time of year again, the longest day of the year in the UK, so here’s to wish you all a happy summer solstice! I spent mine on site here at Glastonbury festival, where I’m currently shooting the setup and performance practices for Arcadia – which for anyone who doesn’t know is a giant spider stage, made of reclaimed metal, that has lazers for eyes and shoots fire out of the top, with aerial performers hanging from various points on it. They’ve added loads to the show this year, which I’ll also be photographing, more coming soon…

Arcadia build at Glastonbury 2015 Phil Clarke Hill

Arcadia build at Glastonbury 2015

Back on the blog

It’s been a fair while since an update of the site, as I’ve been working on shooting a couple of stories, one of which is a long term project, more about that soon. I’m now back in England, so the coming weeks I’ll be sharing some of this new work here, starting with a nice single shot from a very dodgy bar in Mexico…

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International Women’s day

To celebrate International Women’s Day, here’s a picture of a strong and powerful woman, Olga is a weaver from Teotitlan in Oaxaca, Mexico. The photo is from a story I just finished shooting about this region, that has been famous for it’s artisans for centuries, and these crafts and culture are still continuing today.

Helping them along is a small organisation called En Via, who provide interest free micro finance for women to set up or develop their businesses, as well as financial education and support groups. They also provide community tourism, where 100% of the money from the tours go directly into financing the loans. http://www.envia.org/

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Free to Party on Issuu

Free to Party the book is now officially SOLD OUT! what a great success the whole project was, and thanks to everyone for supporting it. I’ve uploaded it onto the online publishing platform issuu, so anyone who didn’t manage to get a copy of the printed book, you can see it below. Enjoy.

 

Zoite Coiteco (Coite) Carnival celebrations in Chiapas, Mexico

Here’s a few photos from the Zoite Coiteco Carnival celebrations this week in the small town of Ocozocoaulta de Espinosa in Chiapas, Mexico (or Coite as it’s known locally for obvious reasons).

Zoite Coiteco Carnival, Chiapas, Mexico Phil Clarke Hill

Zoite Coiteco Carnival, Chiapas, Mexico

Zoite Coiteco Carnival, Chiapas, Mexico Phil Clarke Hill

Zoite Coiteco Carnival, Chiapas, Mexico

Zoite Coiteco Carnival, Chiapas, Mexico Phil Clarke Hill

Zoite Coiteco Carnival, Chiapas, Mexico

Zoite Coiteco Carnival, Chiapas, Mexico Phil Clarke Hill

Zoite Coiteco Carnival, Chiapas, Mexico

Zoite Coiteco Carnival, Chiapas, Mexico Phil Clarke Hill

Zoite Coiteco Carnival, Chiapas, Mexico

Zoite Coiteco Carnival, Chiapas, Mexico Phil Clarke Hill

Zoite Coiteco Carnival, Chiapas, Mexico

Zoite Coiteco Carnival, Chiapas, Mexico Phil Clarke Hill

Zoite Coiteco Carnival, Chiapas, Mexico

Zoite Coiteco Carnival, Chiapas, Mexico Phil Clarke Hill

Zoite Coiteco Carnival, Chiapas, Mexico

Zoite Coiteco Carnival, Chiapas, Mexico Phil Clarke Hill

Zoite Coiteco Carnival, Chiapas, Mexico

New website now online

The last couple of months I’ve been beavering away in the background, going through all my work from the last few years editing, sequencing, adding, culling and eventually finalizing my new website, which includes an integrated blog, where you are probably reading this post. Thanks to Jonathan Pryor aka ivyowl for the design.

The new site is especially a showcase for my documentary work looking at underground and off beat cultural stories. Hope you like it: www.philclarkehill.co.uk

 

in Mexico and available for assignments

Just a quick line to let everyone know that I’m back in Latin America – this time in Mexico until mid March.

I’m working on a story here in the south, and also available for documentary and travel assignments. I’m on my UK number at the moment +44 7748 800276 and email philclarkehill@gmail.com so do get in touch if you need anything from this part of the World.

Buenos Aires part 2 in National Geographic Traveller

Another nice little Buenos Aires city guide piece in this month’s National Geographic Traveller, thanks to Vicky Baker for the article. You can see a sample of the article and the mag here

Tango dancers in La Boca Phil Clarke Hill

Tango dancers in La Boca, Buenos Aires

New National Geographic Traveller features

Not just one, but TWO features in this months National Geographic Traveller magazine, a Rome city guide and a great edit of the Oruro Carnival pictures, to see the full spreads you’ll have to buy a copy, though there’s an online preview here: http://natgeotraveller.co.uk/jan15/

Bolivia - culture - Carnival in Oruro with elaborate costumes, a UNESCO World heritage event Phil Clarke Hill

Bolivia – culture – Carnival in Oruro with elaborate costumes, a UNESCO World heritage event

Free to Party book now published

Phew! the all consuming crowd-funding, editing designing checking prepping writing, alongside organising an event is now DONE, and Free to Party is published.

Once again thanks to everyone who helped the project happen by pre-ordering the book through Indiegogo, would have been impossible without you all.

There are a very limited number of books still available, what a great Christmas present for a fellow raver…

Just click here, easy: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=N89U8PACYCMSL

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Free to Party bookazine Indiegogo campaign

Ready, set, GO! Free to Party bookazine indiegogo campaign is NOW LIVE Please take a look and pre-order your book… Go on, it’s only a tenner!

See more info and order here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/free-to-party–2/x/69955

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Recently published works

Here’s a quick roundup of some recent publications, click links or pics to see more of each. I’ve also been working on a personal project in the background, more of that here soon.

The Washington Post, with Dom Phillips. Attitudes to sex in a modern Brazil

 

Brazil’s singing Gauchos multimedia piece, shot for the BBC with Gwendolen Von Einsiedel.

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-28012853

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CNN reporter injured during World Cup protest on opening day of games:

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/jun/12/brazil-v-croatia-world-cup-2014-live-report

Brazil - World Cup 2014 - Sao Paulo protest opening day

Video online / App version of Greenpeace Lufthansa story:

http://beatofbrazil.lh.com/de/de/brasilien-natur/einsatz-am-amazonas

Santeria photo story from Cuba last year published by Vice:

http://www.vice.com/read/santeria-in-cuba-phil-clarke-hill

Santeria religion / cult in Cuba 2012/13

Rio prepares for Carnival, shot for the BBC (Americas) travel website:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/slideshow/20140228-the-biggest-carnival-to-date

Brazil - Carnival - Rio de Janeiro Samba Schools practice at the Sambadrome

Buenos Aires like a local, shot for National Geographic Traveller, text by Vicky Baker.

Like a local: Buenos Aires

Brazil vs Croatia game in Do Moinho favela

Later on that fateful first day of the World Cup in Brazil, a quieter and family friendly event was going on, with political hip hop in a Sao Paulo style, football of course and the community watching the game together, good vibes down there. Lucky Brazil brought it back in the game, as you could feel the whole country in tension, it was clear there was more at stake than just a game of football tonight.

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