Night soccer on Ipanema beach

Here’s another gritty urban night soccer scene coming to you from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, though this time from the adjacent Ipanema beach rather than Copacabana. I love the action in this shot, these guys were just having a kick around, nothing organised, but they went all out to every contest, was awesome to watch.

Scenes like this were all over Brazil and I’d love to go back and do more work of this nature. I also love the way the iconic peak of Pedra de Gavea frames the shot as do the city lights of Favela da Rocinha (South America’s largest shanty town/slum according to some) that climb impossibly up the side of the mountain. Everything about this shot just screams Rio and Brazil.