Porto De Galinhas, Brasil

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© Henry Bowman
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Photo Info
UploadedSeptember 19, 2007
TakenJanuary 21, 2005
MakeMinolta Co., Ltd.
ModelDiMAGE 7i
Exposure1/90 sec at f/3.5
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length10.51953125 mm
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Porto de Galinhas (Port of Chickens) is a beautiful beach town in Brazil on the Atlantic ...so, why would I choose to make a photo of a finished meal, empty glasses and Real (Brazilian Dollars)? You look and say.. "what was there....?"

.....a finished meal and all was good but there is more ...Brazil used slaves from Africa for harvesting sugar and later for mining gold. By the middle of the 19th century when coffee consumption became popular to the world, slave trafficking had been prohibited.

During that period, smuggling became a constant in the ports of Brazil to supply the labor needs of the coffee plantation owners. Boats with slaves continued to clandestinely arrive from Africa and one of the drop-off points was the beach on the Atlantic where Porto de Galinhas now sits. When plantation owners heard that a shipment of “Chickens from Angola” had arrived, that was the code that a slave ship had docked. Even once the unofficial slave trade was finally abolished, the name stuck and the town came to be officially known as Porto de Galinhas (Port of Chickens)

A beautiful town but, the remnants of the lives that came through here still linger

5 responses

  • Cristina Cocullo

    Cristina Cocullo said (21 Sep 2007):

    i love pictures that make your imagination work, that tell stories or just pieces and moment share through them! the image for sure does all this! i really like it!
    again is a big YEAH from me!

  • eva monbert

    eva monbert gave props (22 Sep 2007):

    great story, perfect for this photo, yeah, it rocks

  • John Edwin May

    John Edwin May said (23 Sep 2007):

    By making an intelligent photograph of what remains after a meal, you have seen the fleeting moment that the average person overlooks everyday. The world would be a much better place and more people in “good moods” if they would look for the interesting beauty found everywhere. You have rendered the elements found in a most compelling way. Everything works here…

  • Mia Hall

    Mia Hall said (23 Oct 2007):

    I recently visited Guarulhos, Sao Paulo... I love Brasil, it cna't get better than that

  • Chetan Jagadeesh

    Chetan Jagadeesh gave props (31 Aug 2008):

    Guarana.... I love it... Great picture Henry....

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