In 2004 I found myself drifting down the Amazon in a boat that had run out of gas. I accepted an invitation from a woman I met onboard to stay with her family when we finally arrived at our destination, Santarém.
While staying with her I learned that this area of the Amazon faced intense development as the site of a planned soybean exportation port. I photographed the architecture, ancient religious festivals, social life, and faces of this mid-sized, tranquil town at the precipice of change. I frequently photographed at night after the oppressive heat and humidity of the tropics dissipates and the town awakens.
I returned to Santarém to continue photographing in 2006. During my second trip I also made images in the small neighboring town of Altar do Chão which appear among the images here.