Capturing The 2014 World Cup: A Photographer’s Guide

Words and Photography by Ryu Voelkel

It’s been a while. So forgive me. Por favor. And this is a long one so I suggest you make some tea or coffee before digging in.

I thought I would talk about my experience as a professional freelance photographer shooting the World Cup. Not the ones who work for an agency or a newspaper. Basically, a backpacker’s guide to shooting the World Cup. Beleza.


First of all, I was there to shoot as many matches as possible. I estimated 21 and fell 1 short and ended up with 20. Why? I got killed by the fog in Curitiba which grounded my plane until the match in Belo Horizonte started.

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Che Guevara…

As if I needed anymore reminders of the things I can do when I put my mind to it and pen to paper. I was looking for an old notebook to jot down things that I have to do tomorrow, when I stumbled upon and old tutorial piece from early last year. It was from a Written Communications course in UWI and we were required to write a short obituary about anyone, famous or not, using the pyramid writing style. With one or two glances at my phone for dates, spouse and children’s names, this was what I came up with…

Ernesto Guevara was assassinated in Bolivia on October 9th 1967. His assailants, believed to be from the American CIA, ambushed him during the wee hours of the morning. He was abducted and taken to their covert base, where he was brutalised before being shot to death. He was 39 years old.

          Known to his colleagues as “Che”, he was born on June 14th 1928 in Rosario Argentina. By the time of his death, he became one of the most famous men alive on the planet. He initially started his career as a medical doctor in his homeland. However, after witnessing the various horrors Latin Americans suffered at the hands of the US Hegemony, he joined the ranks of the Castro brothers and became a freedom fighter. He is most noted for his influence in the Cuban Revolution as well as being an advocate for Socialist liberty and freelance rebellion.

          Survived by his wife Aleida March, children Aleida, Camilo, Celia and Ernesto. Arrangements have been made to have him buried in his spiritual homeland, Cuba, where he was a parliament minister. His remains will be left in Santa Clara Cuba. 

The World’s Largest Swimming Pool! 

San Alfonso del Mar is a private resort in AlgarroboChile, about 100 km (62 mi) west of the capital Santiago. The resort is recognised as having the world’s largest swimming pool.

The pool is 1.013 km (0.629 mi) long, covering 8 ha (20 acres), containing some 250,000,000 litres (55,000,000 imp gal; 66,000,000 US gal) of seawater, with a maximum depth of 35 m (115 ft). The water is pumped from the Pacific Ocean, filtered, and treated.


The pool was developed by Fernando Fischmann; his Chilean company Crystal Lagoons built the pool, which opened in December 2006. While early estimates put the total cost of construction at about US$3.5 million for the filtration system alone,[5][6] more recent estimates are in the area of US$1.5 billion to US$2 billion total for construction and almost US$4 million in annual maintenance.