I’ve taken some blows in life. I reckon we all have. I know a lot of people who feel pretty downtrodden about the state of things in America, and the rest of the world, these days. I’ll be honest, I really can’t blame folks for feeling crummy. Times are tough all over. We (as a nation) are more divided than ever, and compassion seems to be waning in the din of all the shouting. I kind of think too many people are talking without thinking about what they are saying. In Port of Spain, Gill's Pan Shop, family run steelpan workshop—that emblematic percussion instrument made from oil barrels—opened their doors to me and my camera for an upcoming piece for Change Seven. Now, I’d argue that the soft resonance of steelpan music can evoke a lot of images about the Caribbean. A postcard perfect sunset…sitting on a beach with the soft sound of palm fronds rattling in the distance as blue waves lap white sands…a lot more come to mind. But making a steelpan isn’t necessarily a cakewalk. In fact, it’s a long, drawn out process that includes some fire and a lot of pounding. To get steelpans, 55-gallon oil barrel are cut, heated, beat, stretched, tempered with fire, and hammered repeatedly during the transformation process. I got to watch Clement, a turner in Trinidad & Tobago, purposely beat the surface of a steelpan to find those perfect notes. But even after that, when the steelpan is coated in chrome, there’s more tuning to be done. What struck me was that this is what hard times are kind of like. Because in life, like in music, those hammer blows, either beat you down or reshape you in all the right spots. And those hollow hammer thuds will eventually yield the pitch-perfect notes of a new song. #documentaryphotography #streetphotography #streetphotographer #ig_captures #ig_travel #ig_daily #music #bateria #percussion #drummer #drumminglife #steelpan #panistas #portraitphotography #portofspain #trinidadandtobago #trinidadcarnival #trinidadcarnival2017 #musica #musicos #craftsman #steeldrums #ig_caribbean_sea #ig_caribbean #documentyourdays #candid #ig_sharepoint
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  • changesevenmagI’ve taken some blows in life. I reckon we all have. I know a lot of people who feel pretty downtrodden about the state of things in America, and the rest of the world, these days. I’ll be honest, I really can’t blame folks for feeling crummy. Times are tough all over. We (as a nation) are more divided than ever, and compassion seems to be waning in the din of all the shouting. I kind of think too many people are talking without thinking about what they are saying. In Port of Spain, Gill's Pan Shop, family run steelpan workshop—that emblematic percussion instrument made from oil barrels—opened their doors to me and my camera for an upcoming piece for Change Seven. Now, I’d argue that the soft resonance of steelpan music can evoke a lot of images about the Caribbean. A postcard perfect sunset…sitting on a beach with the soft sound of palm fronds rattling in the distance as blue waves lap white sands…a lot more come to mind. But making a steelpan isn’t necessarily a cakewalk. In fact, it’s a long, drawn out process that includes some fire and a lot of pounding. To get steelpans, 55-gallon oil barrel are cut, heated, beat, stretched, tempered with fire, and hammered repeatedly during the transformation process. I got to watch Clement, a turner in Trinidad & Tobago, purposely beat the surface of a steelpan to find those perfect notes. But even after that, when the steelpan is coated in chrome, there’s more tuning to be done. What struck me was that this is what hard times are kind of like. Because in life, like in music, those hammer blows, either beat you down or reshape you in all the right spots. And those hollow hammer thuds will eventually yield the pitch-perfect notes of a new song. #documentaryphotography #streetphotography #streetphotographer #ig_captures #ig_travel #ig_daily #music #bateria #percussion #drummer #drumminglife #steelpan #panistas #portraitphotography #portofspain #trinidadandtobago #trinidadcarnival #trinidadcarnival2017 #musica #musicos #craftsman #steeldrums #ig_caribbean_sea #ig_caribbean #documentyourdays #candid #ig_sharepoint

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