Shot in the Jardim Botânicos to the Favellas of Rio de Janeiro, this year’s Pirelli Calendar breathes a soulful departure to past calendars. Shot by Steve McCurry, one of the world’s most renowned photographers, who captured the iconic “Afghan Girl” for National Geographic, the calendar captivates the viewer with the vibrancy, night life, and churning culture of the Brazilians and their landscape. “I would say I am a street photographer doing ‘found situations.’ You can photograph nudes anywhere. But these models are clothed, and each of them has her own charity. They are purposeful and idealistic people. So I wanted to photograph them in a special place, and Rio was perfect for this,” McCurry has said.
I had the honor shooting this year’s edition of the Calendar, along with ten other lovely ladies, as this year’s common thread focused in on women who have a commitment to foundations, humanitarian projects and non-governmental organizations. You know that the world is changing when you get these questions from journalists at a Pirelli Calendar event …
1.) “In the current Presidential U.S. debates, “environment” did not seem to be a topic of choice among the candidates. Please share your views on this.”
2.) “Can you comment on how France’s tax hikes may affect economy, environment and entrepreneurship?”
3.) “How does the European political atmosphere differ from the U.S.?”
4.) “Please share more about your environmental and humanitarian causes.”
5.) “As you know in Portugal, the economy has been deeply affected. Can you share your views on what you believe passionate people can do for their country (and other countries) as it relates to environment and humanitarianism?”
I mean, I’m paraphrasing to a certain extent, but that was really the questions we were getting. Hell, I came to Rio+20 and I wasn’t even getting questions of this caliber. Way to go Pirelli!
xoxox, Summer Rayne