cakes, prose, woes -- the photos, food & thoughts of a french-speaking seattle-native in brazil

In the end, you're just happy you were there—with your eyes open—and lived to see it. -AB
In the end, you're just happy you were there—with your eyes open—and lived to see it.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Hello Polo

 Hello Codet(tes). Today I am sharing with you an incredibly fun photo shoot I did about a week ago featuring beautiful animals, a stunning woman and an amazing oasis in the middle of Sao Paulo Capital city. Can you believe these photos were taken in the middle of the concrete jungle?

The shoot took place at the Sociedade Hípica Paulista, located in the Brooklin district in Sao Paulo. When you enter it's as if someone switched the city off. You hear crickets, smell manure and hay and see well-to-do people happily strolling about in their knee boots, riding gloves and strappy tights. You don't just feel transported out of the city, you feel as if you've left the country!

My model for the day was a true horse lover through and through. She frequents the polo center every Saturday morning to spend a coveted one hour riding atop a beautifully groomed polo horse. She doesn't play for a team, but rather needs that one hour weekly to decompress and feel like herself. We chatted about how expensive it is to have access to horses in the city, but we made a great comparison: some people in Sao Paulo buy asparagus to feel comfort and ease (asparagus are very expensive!) and others spend hundreds a week at shiny bars and clubs (even more expensive than the asparagus!!) but for her, instead of the clubs and bars (and asparagus for that matter) she chooses the horse and stays in on Friday nights. We all make different choices on what to indulge in, what to splurge on in order to relax and be happy. And if it makes you happy then it is beyond worth it.

The horse pictured in all the closeups is known as Mr. Wilson, he was a little shy of the camera. Enjoy.

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