I was strolling through Shopping Leblon here in Rio and got the chance to see photographer Gabriel Mendes' work, "Urban Puns - Trocadilhos Urbanos", on display there. It is part of "Arena da Moda", a fashion event that Shopping Leblon is promoting from September 11-22. They are urban portraits, mostly everyday-people shot in front of street-art murals, that were shot in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and New York, where Mendes resides. There are 12 photo panels in total, and though I thought they were not greatly displayed in the mall, the images itself were quite fetching. This visual diary has been a Mendes' project since 2005, when he started mixing portraits and graffiti art in NYC. By the way, Brazilian top model Raica is the subject of one of his photographs in this show. I picked a few good images to share with you as his work unites two things I truly love: street art & photography.