A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
007. Beach paradise
FEBRUARY 2005: Beach paradise
A real beach paradise is located at about fifty kilometers south of Recife: Porto de Galinhas. The beach resort once was called Porto Rico. When slave trade was banned in the nineteenth century, slaves were transported illegally from Africa. They were hidden in covert compartments, under a layer of hens from Angola (‘galinhas’ in Portuguese). When a new transport of slaves had arrived in Porto Rico, the messengers were sent to spread the news among the slave traders that the ‘galinhas’ had arrived. Hence, the actual name Porto de Galinhas. The beach resort is famous for the so-called ‘piscinas naturais’: shallow waters, surrounded by coral reefs. At low tide, boat trips are offered to the sandbanks at a few kilometers off the coast. The combination of warm sea water, white beach sands, and a large variety of leisure activities in the center attract many tourists from Brazil and abroad.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2005, 2014
Cortejo de Zumbi 2007, BELO HORIZONTE (MG)
November 2007. A colorful parade started from Praça da Liberdade, the principal square in Belo Horizonte, capital of the state of Minas Gerais. A parade to commemorate the struggle for freedom by the blacks, in Brazil. Zumbi was a resistance leader, fighting against the Portuguese colonists. It took almost two centuries after his death in 1694, to abolish slavery in Brazil, in 1888. November 20 is celebrated as the Day of Afro-Brazilian Consciousness.
The parade, which went from Praça da Liberdade to the Monument of Zumbi at Avenida Brasil, attracted many spectators. Not only black people joined the parade, as one can see on the photograph. This man appears to be an actor, or he must have escaped from a madhouse….
The original picture was taken in November 2007
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Two Girls Walking on the Beach, Porto de Galinhas (PE)
Without doubt, Porto de Galinhas is one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil. Porto de Galinhas is located about 50 km south of Recife, the capital of the state of Pernambuco. Originally it was called Porto Rico (Rich Port), since a lot of trading activities in the northeast of Brazil happened there. Cane sugar and pau-brazil, a tropical wood type. Shiploads of slaves arrived from Africa. When slave trade was banned, the slaves were transported illegally, beneath the load of helmeted guinea-fowls, that are called galinhas d’Angola in Portuguese. When such a ship was about to arrive at the port, traders were warned that the galinhas had arrived. Therefore the name of Porto Rico gradually was changed in Porto de Galinhas.
During summer and – above all – during Carnival, this beach is visited my a huge number of Brazilian and foreign tourists.
The girls on the image probably are Brazilians, I will not be surprised that they even live near this beach.
The original picture was taken in January 2009.
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