This shows Mayan and Ben waking up in the fields of Sao Jose do Divino with the biggest monolith in Brazil ‘Piedra Riscada' in the background, a few days after climbing the route 'Place of Happiness' (5.12d, 18 pitches).
This striking route was first opened by Stefan Glowacz in 2009, and was the main goal for Mayan and Ben’s journey to Brazil in 2014. I was part of the team as a filmmaker and photographer.
After the climb we spent the last days of our journey exploring and shooting the Brazilian lifestyle and scenery. My wish was to find a beautiful place to capture a night time-lapse with the huge monolith in the background. We found this quiet hill in the midst of farmland after spending the entire day driving our nice VW camper on rough dirt roads.
It was wonderful to enjoy this stunning view the whole cloudless night. Hanging the portaledge on the side of the van was a totally spontaneous idea which arose because we suddenly found ourselves in a field full of cows with no tent and had just enjoyed several beautiful days sleeping in the ledge on the wall. We weren't ready to part with it yet.
In the end I spent hours arranging this entire shot for night time-lapses and photos. However, on waking up in the early morning, I was blown away by the beauty and the soft dawn light. This shot was taken in the spur of the moment and finally the magical qualities of this shot made me choose it instead of my nighttime picture.