Brazil: Salvador in Color
Images by Kerry Murray
This month, we've launched a brand new and exciting destination that has it all: Brazil.
The adrenaline seeker can dive in the crystal-clear waters of the island of Fernando de Noronha, slide down the dunes of Lençois Maranhenses and trek through the Amazon rainforest; the history buff can explore the many cultural layers of Bahia and the colonial towns of Ouro Preto and Tiradentes; the traveler looking for repose has the coastal belt of Brazil, fringed with long stretches of pristine white-sand beaches and happy-go-lucky villages.
To celebrate this launch, we bring you the work of photographer and world traveler Kerry Murray. Her beautifully composed photos of Salvador de Bahia have us dreaming of a return to this afro-colonial city.
Established as the capital of the Portuguese colonies, Salvador de Bahia is an effervescent melting-pot where Africa meets Latin America. In 1549, Salvador was the very first capital to govern the territory of Brazil for over 200 years. During these two centuries, the city witnessed a wild blend of European, African and Amerindian cultures.Salvador's Renaissance buildings are beautifully preserved, featuring brightly colored houses covered in fine stucco-work.
Starting in 1558, Salvador had the very first slave market in the New World, with slaves arriving from Africa to work on plantations across the continent. Slavery was the foundation of Brazil's economy until 1888, when it was legally abolished. The Africans who came to Brazil as slaves brought with them their colorful music and deep-rooted traditions which have left their mark in Brazil today, blended with Portuguese and Amerindian customs. Afro-Brazilian culture governs this city's tempo, from the music, traditional clothing, to the food.
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Kerry is a photographer, traveller, writer, and food lover from Cape Town, South Africa. Her stunning photography captures the Greek coast, the bays of Montenegro, the Albanian countryside and the colorful streets of Portugal. Her work has been featured in various media outlets, such asTravel + Leisure. She is currently based in Ericeira, Portugal, and can occasionally be found exploring more of her home country, South Africa.
"My three favorite activities in all the world are travelling, eating and photographing… in no particular order. My life´s goal is to do as much of these three things as I possibly can, preferably all at the same time."