A Brasilia photo blog? That’s not the easiest task! The capital of Brazil is really not the prettiest city Brazil has to offer. Brasilia was built in the 1950s according to a specific plan (rather than it expanding over time), and the makers had in mind that a Brasilia resident shouldn’t have to go far for its basic needs. Every block therefore has apartment buildings, a supermarket, some stores and a green area to walk around. These blocks are all built with the same layout, are numbered rather than having been given a real name, and the roads connecting the blocks are identical too – it’s impossible to remember where that nice restaurant or bar was when you’re new to the city!
What I find fascinating too, is the fact that some of these blocks have a very high concentration of certain stores. There is a block with only pharmacies, for example. Another block with only hospitals and clinics. And another one with only shoe stores. Competition, anyone? This could actually be a nice sequel of this Brasilia photo blog 🙂
Once you know how to navigate the city and where to hang out, the city is actually not that bad. And when the ipês (a type of tree) are blossoming, Brasilia looks beautiful. The only thing that I still miss is an actual centre. Because Brasilia was built only a few decades ago in the shape of a plane, with a specific block plan in mind, there is no historical or even an artificial centre. You really need to know to which bar you want to go, and if it’s full, you’ll probably have to drive to a different quadra. Unfortunately you can’t walk to a centre, wander around and settle for the best bar.
Anyway, back to the photos. Brasilia has some cooler parts in town that are worth a photo trip. One area that I discovered with my photography course is Asa Norte. As you now know, Brasilia was built in the shape of a plane with the Asa’s being the wings. Asa Sul is the eldest. Asa Norte is a bit younger and definitely more interesting. The apartment blocks are a tad more interesting, it is more spacious, feels quieter and it is so green. Oh the green! Driving on the main road in Asa Norte in rainy season feels like driving through the rainforest. If you’re in Brasilia with time on your hands, and want to wander around to shoot some nice pics, go to Asa Norte. I’ve been to CLN 206 where I shot these photos. Of course, the highlights of the city – the cathedrals, the government buildings, the famous Kubitschek bridge – are also worth a shot.
Have you been to Brasilia?