Jochen Weber

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Tabacco Story

Published March 12th, 2013

Please note: This mini-photo-documentary should not be a publicity for smoking, but considers the plant of the genus tobacco (Nicotiana) as an old American cultivated plant and the manual production of cigars as an historical and cultural heritage of the 'homo enjoymenticus'.

Tobacco belongs to the nightshade family, such as the well known psychoactive plants belladonna and jimsonweed, but also as the more harmless potatoes, tomatoes or peppers. The worldwide growing areas are the east coast of North America, Central America, Brazil, Argentina, Syria, Palestine, East Africa and the Asian monsoon regions. There is no evidence on the origin of tobacco, but it seems certain that it is an American plant and that it was common from Brazil to Canada for centuries before its "discovery" by Columbus. Even Brazil tobacco is much older than the discovery of America, the natives planted it for centuries before. The Tupinambá instructed the Portuguese in tobacco use, which was especially popular ...

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Paraty

Published October 14th, 2012

Paraty is a very well preserved and lovely colonial town in Brazil. It is located on the 'costa verde', a green corridor that runs along the coastline between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. In the 1700's, during the 'Golden Century', the bay of Paraty was a very busy port, the second most important in Brazil. The historic center today is a national historic monument.

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Southwest panoramas

Published October 6th, 2012

Monument Valley - Death Valley - Bryce Canyon - Arches Nationalpark - Dead Horse Point - Grand Canyon

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Carnival story

Published October 1st, 2012

[Realm of the senses: A "photographic short story" of carnival at the sambadrome, São Paulo]

The samba schools show their allegorical cars decorated by themes, characters and costumes in the Sambadrome. Every year they compete against each other to determine a winner. The subject of the winner in 2012, for example, was the work of the Brazilian writer Jorge Amado. A panel of judges evaluates, among others, the following categories: allegory, costumes, story, percussion, harmony, music, etc. It‘s a real ecstasy of senses: colors, music - drums – samba-rythms, dance and costumes throughout the night - three nights long. The samba schools represent different districts of the city of São Paulo and they have names like "Vai Vai", "Pérola Negra" or "Águia de Ouro". By the way, anyone can buy a costume ('fantasia') in advance and join in!

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Coffee story

Published September 28th, 2012

[A "photographic short story" of a brazilian coffee plantation]

Coffee is not only the favorite beverage in many countries, but also one of the most valuable traded commodity in international trade. The largest coffee growing country is Brazil, which produces about 30% of total world production (Arabica and Robusta coffee beans). In Brazil, the small, sweet, strong ‘cafézinho‘ is ubiquitous: at home, in the office, in cafés. But it‘s not only a beverage, but also a warm welcome, an invitation to conversation, a clear sign of hospitality. Reason enough to visit a brazilian coffee plantation and take a closer look at how coffee is grown and processed there!

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Cocoa Story

Published September 26th, 2012

[A "photographic short story" of a brazilian cocoa plantation]

The history of cocoa is over 3,000 years old. The first evidence of its enjoyment dates from the year 1100 BC and was found in food scraps on shards during excavation work in Honduras. And although the cocoa plant is native to the Brazilian Amazon, its first commercialisation in Brazil dates from the 17th Century. Cocoa still plays an important role in Brazil and Bahia is the biggest Brazilian cocoa-producing state. Reason enough to take a closer look at how cocoa is grown and processed!

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