Prala Vermelha

Gigapan: Eduardo Frick

Background

Brazil is in focus on the World Stage. The 2014 FIFA World Cup, and the 2016 Olympic Games will bring millions of tourists to the country. Spanning more than four weeks and twelve host cities within Brazil, this summer's festivities marked the first FIFA World Cup to be held in South America since 1978.

The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) was founded in Paris in 1904 by leaders of existing athletic associations in France, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Consisting only of European Associations for the first five years of its existence, overseas members such as South Africa, Argentina and Chile, and the United States began to join FIFA in 1909. The success of the 1924 and 1928 Olympic Football Tournaments, organized under FIFA regulations, fueled FIFA's interest in creating its own world soccer championship.

Why do I say all this about my community? Well, you have to live somewhere and you might as well like it. If you don't like it, you'll need to get active and make positive changes to your community and make it more livable. If activism isn't your bag, then you'll need to adapt to your community as it exists. Evidence of these three mode can be seen directly in the Gigapan images chosen.

Following the FIFA Congress in Amsterdam in May 1928, the planning of the first FIFA World Cup began. Despite an economic crisis that resulted in the withdrawal of many European teams from the tournament, the first FIFA World Cup opened to great financial and athletic success in July 1930 in Uruguay. Uruguay was chosen because of its gold medal success at both the 1924 and 1928 Olympics, as well as the 100th anniversary of its independence. Brazil would play host to the fifth World Cup, held in 1950. At the time of its inception, FIFA World Cup hosts were chosen by FIFA Congress. Selections are now made through a standardized bidding process, outlined on the FIFA website. Bids, often politically fraught, are made to FIFA by interested countries. The bids are then evaluated and FIFA makes pre-selections and eliminations, and finally announces a host country, which then sets to work updating infrastructure and building stadiums to prepare for the influx of thousands of tourists who will travel to the tournament. Brazil officially launched its bid for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in December of 2006, and was chosen as host when the final competitor, Colombia, withdrew its bid in April 2007.

Guest Editors

Eduardo Frick is a 46-year-old photographer, multimedia and web publisher, and lifelong student of finding artistic applications for computer-aided technology. He is self-taught in computer science, database development and desktop publishing systems.

At the turn of the 21st century, Frick abandoned publishing books and magazines to open a web development and consulting business, where he now manages several websites and has a development team.

As a photographer, Frick was one of the first Brazilian photographers to utilize the GigaPan Epic Pro and consider panoramic photographer as a means to highlight his work and the work of many other established Brazilian photographers. Much of his work focused on football games in Rio de Janeiro, which gave him stadium access to produce GigaPans of the Brazilian Championship games and Copa Libertadores.

As a digital artist, Frick is best known for creating videos and images with fractal software. His other interests include producing musical vignettes and soundtracks for videos and creating psychedelic electronic music on old synth machines.

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