This is one of the defining - but never published - pictures in my life.
I was travelling in South America in 1977. Before leaving Denmark I had bought a small 100 dollar camera and ten rolls of slide film.
When this picture was taken I had been travelling for two months. I had shot a few pictures, but didn´t have them developed. I knew with the certainty of youth, that they could not develop slide films in a country like Brazil. I was 19 but felt much wiser :)
I was dirt poor, but by luck I met a fellow Dane and he gave me a ticket to the last night's carnival parade. Watching from the stands I looked at all these beautiful women doing the Samba. I saw professional photographers moving freely among them.
There was a fence and three meters to ground level. I jumped down to the procession thinking I could manage to behave like a professional with my small camera. Or get arrested.
Nobody stopped me!
That's where it dawned on me: What a great profession. You can live your life as a mere spectator - or you can participate where the action is!
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