March 11, 2015I had a rare opportunity to visit Grajaú which is one of the Favelas (slums) of São Paulo. I'd been to one other favela in Salvador years ago, and it was definitely a life changing experience. We woke up pretty early so we could spend most of the day there. As we arrived, I had an unsettling feeling for two reasons; 1. Because of what I saw in Salvador, and 2. This time I would be carrying my RED Camera around with me. Leo assured me that everything would be ok - he was our "guide" in Grajaú. The first place we went to was a local skatepark, so that made me feel a little better. We hung out with the local kids there, who at first were a little suspicious of me and my camera. Once Leo told them who I was and what I did, they instantly warmed up to me. It's amazing what being a skateboarder can do. We then left with a few of the kids from the park and went into the neighborhoods. Walking around the favela's with a camera and tripod can create a lot of attention, but Leo assured me that everything would be fine. Knowing that, I put my guard down and began shooting everything I saw. Grajaú was truly an amazing experience that I'll never forget. These are some of its faces. Mais Amor Grajaú By Ricki Bedenbaugh, Contributor Check out more about Ricki here.