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Port of Manaus, Brazil: A Photographer's Dream Shoot | by Sheree (Here intermittently)
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Port of Manaus, Brazil: A Photographer's Dream Shoot

 

The rain poured down but the work continued on this floating dock in Manaus, Brazil.

 

Manaus is bustiling with nearly 1.8 million people. It was once the wealthiest city in the world back in the late 1800s, duing the rubber boom.

 

Manaus's claim to fame now is that it has been proclaimed a duty-free zone. And that's a good thing since this magnificent old-timer is a runied shadow of its former self; charming and grungy, but still only a shadow.

 

With the influx of fresh corporate dollars, Manaus's city government is slowly cleaning up the slums, like those in the "creek." You should see the "homes" in the creek. They are shacks and lean-tos, at best.

 

However, I hope they do nothing to spruce up the docks which include the burned-out Mercado Marketplace. There is something utterly charming about this dirty place.

 

Its massive ironwork architecture, the boats, the piles of produce, the raw meat, and the interesting people make it a photographer's dream destination.

 

If you are ever interested in visiting Manaus, ask me about a terrific local guide.

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Taken on January 16, 2009