Maria Nunes Photography: Blog en-us (C) Maria Nunes Photography (Maria Nunes Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:34:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:34:00 GMT Maria Nunes Photography: Blog 120 120 Impressions of Yichang, China I was in Yichang in Central China for Trinidad and Tobago's participation in the 9th China International Folk Arts Festival. 

These images were captured within a kilometer radius of our hotel in downtown Yichang. What is most compelling for me here is the juxtaposition of the old and the new. Yichang is a modern, beautifully kept city of 4 million people. It's streets and pavements are wide, its buildings tower above, among its cars are some of the most luxurious on the market.

Equally strong is the essence of the traditional woven into its fabric.

These are my glimpses......












I love to walk early every morning to Yiling Square where I marvel at how many elderly people gather to exercise. There are at least four different groups practicing Tai Chi, some, like the women below engage in Tai Chi with swords. Each group has a small portable machine to play their music. It is just wonderful. 







There is also a large group of at least 60 people "square dancing" every morning. 



One of the walkways on the perimeter of Yiling Square



Every morning I've seen women weeding the grassy area of the square which is beautifully maintained.




I just love to see all the various old model bicycles, many of them with wagons attached, this one in such contrast to the vehicles turning behind.









This next series of photos was taken with my phone.











These young girls were in Yiling square for a rehearsal which attracted a large number of onlookers










I stumbled upon an alleyway market which sold every kind of produce you could imagine.







(Maria Nunes Photography) china photography travel yichang Sat, 14 Sep 2013 05:23:58 GMT
Steelfestt: China meets Trinidad and Tobago Massy Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra

in collaboration with

the Shenzhen Aihua Arts Troupe

at the National Academy for the Performing Arts, Port of Spain, Trinidad, May 12, 2012

as part of the inaugural SteelfesTT


SteelFesTT - the Steelpan Festival of Trinidad and Tobago - is an annual, instrument-based festival dedicated to the national instrument which took place in May 2012 as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of our national independence.

The Festival also commemorates more than 75 years of development of the instrument since the Alexander Ragtime band introduced convex-shaped sweet oil pans, dustbin covers and biscuit pans to festivities on the streets of Port of Spain


20120512_steelfestt_china_272 Neal and Massy Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra


20120512_steelfestt_china_2 Musicians from the Shenzhen Aihua Arts Troupe

20120512_steelfestt_china_393 One of the pieces which the two groups played together was “Shades of Port-of-Spain” by Rudy Wells,

accomplished Trinidad born steelpan composer, arranger and performer.




Deryck Nurse conducts the combined ensemble of Neal and Massy Trinidad All Stars and Shenzhen Aihua Arts Troupe

SteelfesTT's Concert Series highlighted the versatility of the steelpan and its contribution to music globally by presenting a fusion of the music of Trinidad and Tobago's leading steelbands with traditional and indigenous music from Brazil, India, China and Cuba, featuring top performers from those countries.

The theme of the concert series was "Steelpan - Uniting the Sounds of the World".











The visiting Shenzhen Aihua Arts Troupe comprised ten performers

– three dancers, one vocalist and six instrumentalists.





Eight traditional musical instruments were used during the performance

- the Erhu, Gaohu, Yangqin, Pipa, Zhongruan, Accordion, Suona and Hulusi.






Since 2007, Shenzhen Aaihua Arts Troupe has conducted many international cultural exchange programs assigned by the Ministry of Culture of China and Shenzhen Municipality and has performed in many countries such as Greece, Germany, Hungary, Russia, Thailand, Cuba and Colombia.








Massy Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra

The rich and colourful history of the steelband movement in Trinidad and Tobago is interwoven with the Massy Trinidad All Stars. Developed between the First & Second World Wars, the steelband was born of an innate and explosive creativity.

The band’s roots go deep and its turbulent early beginnings and explosive creativity is the hallmark of steelband music today.

“Hell Yard Boys” was the name they gave themselves back in 1935. Hell Yard was a poor area on the banks of the East Dry River in Port of Spain. The movement away from “tamboo-bamboo” to pan had only just begun. This name changed several times – to “Second Fiddle”, then to “Cross of Lorraine”, and finally “All Stars”, chosen because of the perceived superior ability of the players. Soon after the war, “Trinidad” was added.

In 1982 the contributions of Trinidad All Stars to the steelband movement were recognised by the Government of Trinidad & Tobago with the presentation of a national award – the Humming Bird Medal (Gold). Four years later, the band was again honoured with an award from the Port of Spain City Council.



One of the many achievements of the band was its pioneering of classical music on the road, played to the rhythm of calypso. This highlighted the capacity of the steelpan to go beyond the previously self-imposed musical bounds of calypso or boleros. Trinidad All Stars was the first band to play the pan with two sticks. For the first time, both the melody and the harmony could be heard played together. The band made the first “Quatro Pans” later called the grundig and the guitar pans. A former captain of Trinidad All Stars, Neville Jules, also had the privilege of making the first bass pan.
Our accomplished musicians have maintained a standard of excellence through their innovative mastery of the instruments. They have secured first place victories in the biennial Music Festival on six occasions, have won the National Panorama eight times, the Bomb Competition on countless occasions and successfully held ten Classical Jewels concerts.

The members of Neal & Massy Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra have carried the vibrant culture of Trinidad & Tobago around the world: Australia, Barbados, Bermuda, Canada, China, France, Ghana, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, Scotland, Singapore, St. Maarten, the United Kingdom and the United States.

(Extract from



Deryck Nurse, Conductor, Neal and Massy All Stars Steel Orchestra




(Maria Nunes Photography) Sun, 20 May 2012 19:25:27 GMT

Recovery....discovery is a collection of some images too long recessed, overshadowed by more current work.

They were captured as traveller, whether those journeys were at home, or far afield.



Val de Oro, Maraval, Trinidad. March 3, 2005


20050415_memory_5 Manzanilla, Trinidad. April 15, 2005


20050616_memory_7 Lake District Walk, England. June 16, 2005


20050808_memory_11 Mayaro, Trinidad. August 8, 2005


20051224_paris_1 The Seine, Paris. Christmas Eve, 2005


20051228_paris_2 Rue de Rivoli, Paris. December 28, 2005



20051230_sacre_coeur_2 Sacré-Coeur, Paris. December 30, 2005


20060101_paris_2 Staircase in the Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile, Paris. New Year's Day, 2006



20060101_paris_5 View of the Eiffel Tower from the Arc de Triomphe, Paris. New Year's Day, 2006


20060526_memory_15 Girl playing, Granada, Spain. May 26, 2006




20060527_memory_17 The Alhambra, Granada, Spain. May 26, 2006



Dhurga Puja, Tyrico Bay, Trinidad. September 30, 2006









___________________________________________________________________________20061022_memory_20 Divali, Trinidad. October 22, 2006


20070102_memory_23 Fontainbleu, France. January 2, 2007



Delerium, Cie Fluente, Mouvement Esthethique Pulsion, Salle Olympe de Gouges, Paris. December 23, 2006








(Maria Nunes Photography) delerium dhurga france granada manzanilla mayaro paris puja rivoli spain trinidad Tue, 01 May 2012 23:15:09 GMT
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Long exposures of full moon light at Blanchisseuse, Trinidad. Easter weekend 2012













Images taken at Blanchisseuse, Trinidad. April 7, 2012

(Maria Nunes Photography) Sun, 08 Apr 2012 12:40:02 GMT
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Good....Friday at Blanchisseuse














Images taken at Blanchisseuse, Trinidad on April 5, 2012




(Maria Nunes Photography) blanchisseuse maria nunes rilke Fri, 06 Apr 2012 12:56:46 GMT