5 Reasons to visit MORE Project

I just got back from MORE Project in Rio de Janeiro a couple days ago. I like going down there for many reasons but here are 5 pretty good ones:

1. The Kids – They have so much love to give. Go and see.

2. Givin’ Back – It feels pretty good to do something for somebody you’ve never met in your life. Ask anybody who’s been to the MORE Project and they’ll tell you all about it – like one of the expeditioners on the 2012 spring trip. The home above was falling apart and the expedition group decided it needed remodeled. The photo only shows the new roof but so many more things were done on the inside – new toilet (it was so disgusting), tile, shower head, cleaned and painted the walls, appliances, bed and bedding, new wiring, stairs instead of a dirt ramp, and more. It was truly inspiring to me the work they did. And the amazing thing is you actually end up taking as much as you give. If this doesn’t make sense to you now it will when you get there. It’s a beautiful thing.

3. Flavio – This kid’s had his ups and downs since I first met him in the Project over 4 years ago. He hasn’t been the perfect student but I can’t imagine what his life is like on a daily basis. The fact that he keeps coming back is a reflection of the good MORE Project is doing. If not for the Project, he may very well be slingin’ dope for a slum lord in the favela. The reality is his life would be dramatically different without MORE.

 

4. Destroy Your Comfort Zone – We can get so caught up in everyday life doing the same thing. We drink our coffee in the morning, take the same route to work, take the same route back, and maybe we mix it up one day by stopping for a soda on the way home, then catch some tv. Well, do something different for once in your life. See what life is like outside your bubble. Expand a little. Explore a little. You’ll like it.

 

5. Rio de Janeiro – Check out one of the coolest cities in the world for a few days. It has so much to offer with its culture, amazing beaches, and a chilled out vibe. Brazilians are a beautiful people with a very laid-back attitude toward life.  We call it the River – you just sit back and let it flow… that must be why I like it so much.

Drifting… MORE Project

No trip to Brazil is complete without visiting MORE Project.

Meet Leondro. I photographed him about 5 years ago when he was just a little guy and just starting out at the project. He still is little I guess but it’s amazing to see how much he’s grown and progressed during that time. It’s proof the MORE Project is making a difference there in the favelas. Who knows where he’d be right now if not for the project.

Jo, the art teacher, and a few of the kids at MORE Project in Niteroi, Brasil. Jo is an amazing artist with a huge love for the kids.

the MORE Project Photo Book

After 3 years or so working in this book, it’s finally complete. A big thank you to The MORE Project for believing in my images to tell their story and HINT Creative for the rad design and pro bono work they put into this to make it happen. We couldn’t have done it without them. If you’d like to purchase the book please visit the MORE store. All proceeds go to benefit the kids in Brazil. Buy it. It’s worth it.

Drifting… Ciudad de Juarez, Mexico

I visited a great little humanitarian project  in the outskirts of Juarez, Mexico (which may vary well be the most dangerous city in the world). The project is called Sembradores de Paz. It was started just over a year ago by Maria Carreon… and started after her best friends son was killed on a boy scout outing by drug traffickers.

One thing I noticed was how these people, living with next to nothing, still take great pride in their homes. Everything was clean and organized. They do what they can with what little they have and that impressed me a great deal.

Drifting… Vila Ipiranga

These images tell a story of change since I first traveled to the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2008. The MORE Project changes lives. I’ve been lucky enough to document this first hand.

I’ve been extremely fortunate to travel the world creating images of some of the most amazing places on earth. I’ve swam with sharks in Bora Bora, walked the ghats in Inda, and navigated the medinas in Morocco. However, I love returning to Vila Iparanga and seeing the progress and growth The MORE Project’s making. The change is inspirational.

Some places I’ll never get back to but the trip to Rio is worth it every time