Hate Your Hate? If you do, your still in hate and that leads only to an increase of hate. We humans, have a poor habit of thinking that destroying and obliterating makes things disappear. Wrong. This reaction either produces more bits of hate, which no matter what size are hate spread out around a larger surface and in constant movement. The way out of hate I would say is to first admit it all together, then accept it and then in self-awareness you can easily move out of it every time it shows itself. Other prefer the endless argument over the necessity to hate to relinquish other more malignant ills, yet hate is a singularly enormous driving energy the arrives. It is not personal or unique to anyone, therefore the collective has the power to stop it.

©2014 Carlos Cazalis/All Rights Reserved. Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Shot on a Fuji X-T1 

Bright as Day. Unlike Gotham but just as dark, São Paulo is a city that never sleeps and it would seem that the lights which shine so bright never actually bring on a true night. Where does that leave your dreams? Brain activity increases with light recognition going from Theta, where the unconscious lies to Beta waves, where the conscious and judging mind exists. Never mind the noise pollution too, where a motorcycle, a car horn or a trudging bus line keeps the racket home even in the multiply multiplied sky rises. Sleep if you can but you may hardly ever rest.

©2014 Carlos Cazalis/All Rights Reserved. Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Shot on a Fuji X-T1 

The Day After the World Cup. It’s 01:13 AM and I have reached metro Paraiso at the other end of Av Paulista where I started at metro Consolação. On the way I saw many more, some under carps, others under blankets, cardboard, paper and one with her couple, she was urinating in the dark and then cuddled back with her partner. Then there was Jose Antonio, shouting “People I need help, give me something to eat, c’mon please!” Then he stopped and I said hello I gave him five Reais and a woman gave him a sandwich told him Jesus loves and to vista an evangelist church to get food, shelter, guidance and love. Then I asked to take a photograph and he said yes and he kept on yelling the same thing. It’s really difficult to be on the street and it’s difficult to get off it, but surely it was a difficult process too, to get to be on the street. I can keep on showing you the Sleepers of São Paulo every night and every time there would be a new place, a new person. And? I even shot the trash on the way, piles of trash, because often I was confusing them with it, so I recorded it just the same. They are objects left behind by the people, and some of the people have become objects left behind too. It’s 01:30, they’re still there, maybe not.

©2014 Carlos Cazalis/All Rights Reserved. Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Forever Foes. Argentina and Brazil will forever be mortal foes in football. The irony was seeing Brazilian fans cheer for Germany after being defeated in a historical and humiliating defeat in the semi-finals. The Brazilian chant, “Mil Gols, Mil Gols, Mil Gols, O Pelé é maior, Maradona cheirador” could be heard through the streets here in São Paulo. Above an Argentine fan lifts two fingers to the live transmission of the TV crews watching the game in the city, while a Brazilian fan below him celebrates.

©2014 Carlos Cazalis/All Rights Reserved. Downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Shot with a Fuji X-T1 

Sunday Before the Final. As we await the final of Argentina vs Germany, Paulista elders play dominos in the Aclimação Park with a Bolivian immigrant.

©2014 Carlos Cazalis/All Rights Reserved. Downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Shot with a Fuji X-100S

To Occupy at Sixty-Three. Nativille is a militant of the MMRC occupation movement in São Paulo, occupying an upper class building in one of the cities most prestigious neighbourhoods. The movement has three principles. 1. Formation, educating it’s militants to what their constitutional rights are to have a dignified home. 2. Politics, differentiating from habitat policy and habitat programs vs. habitat projects that have continuity beyond electoral periods. 3. Ideology, the creation of habitat that is communitarian and beneficial to all those involved and participating actively for it’s sustainability.

©2014 Carlos Cazalis/All Rights Reserved. Downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Shot with a Fuji X-T1 

The Dream Is Not Over For Us. Brazil may have had it’s most humiliating World Cup, it’s heroes broken but the children’s dreams live on and especially in the Pamplona 395 occupation. Here the children mocked the national team while they enjoyed a game on the terrace of this upper class building, abandoned for five years and once the former German consulate. Over 50 families are occupying the building in a struggle to obtain a dignified home that they can afford and that is not in a slum on the edge of the city, removed from the core and the city’s opportunities.

©2014 Carlos Cazalis/All Rights Reserved. Downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Shot with a Fuji X-T1 

Gaza in São Paulo. The madness spreads in the mind of the people, on graffiti walls across the city. The war is only in the mind of the people for the land has always been there. The people are our brothers and sisters and we thank them for teaching us tolerance, compassion and empathy.

©2014 Carlos Cazalis/All Rights Reserved. Downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Shot with a Fuji X-100S

Purple Craze and The Man on the Street. Yesterday it finally rained in São Paulo. A heavy drought has been on going. With over 15,000 homeless on the street, many were caught by surprise, like this man. I found him first as the rains began and then the Metropolitan police, five of them, who were unable to move him primarily out of fear that he may already be injured and the blame would go to them. They took down my details as witness to protect themselves. They argued over if and how he could be put in the back of the car. In the meantime the man, half unconscious was running the risk of falling into hypothermia. The police had called the ambulance service, located only 200 meters away but since they had no vehicle we were forced to wait. Traffic was also heavy. Throughout the entire time, some of the police officers were victimising themselves to me, of what they had to go through with the homeless. Often they made jokes about the state of his physical condition, like his swollen toes going purple. I had to leave but returned 15 min later. On my return I only found the blanket and a different set of sandals, not purple.

©2014 Carlos Cazalis/All Rights Reserved. Downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Shot with a Fuji X-100S