Photographer's Note

A group of folk entertainers at the port in Papeete, Tahiti. The dock for the ferry to Moorea was located no more than 300m from where we disembarked from the Seabourn Odyssey and boarded the ferry. The man in the foreground cracked open a coconut in the traditional way, with a club, and offered us pieces to eat. Here he is seen kneading coconut meat and creating a pasty skin lotion. I am happy with the symmetric composition, with the central subject not showing his face. (This to me is somewhat evocative of Salvador Dali's "Sacrament of the Last Supper", except with the central character, Christ, looking up, while the Apostles are looking down.) In a few workshop editions one can see the man breaking a coconut shell, a woman passing out samples of coconut meat, and also performing a traditional folk dance.

According to Broadway historians the musical, "South Pacific", the masterwork of Rodgers and Hammerstein, had its premiere in 1947 with Ezio Pinza (1892-1957) and Mary Martin (1913-1990) in the lead roles. Then in 1958, on the heels of the immense success of another Broadway musical "Oklahoma", also by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Hollywood set out to produce the film version of "South Pacific". Unfortunately, Ezio Pinza, who would most certainly have been the star of choice, had passed away the year before. Following screening tests, two other stars, Rossano Brazzi (1916-1994) and Mitzi Gaynor (1931-) were cast in the lead roles. (Cinema historians tell us that Doris Day was offered the lead female role, but she turned it down. Elizabeth Taylor tried out for the role, but she was turned down.)

I found a 1949 recording on Youtube of Ezio Pinza and Mary Martin singing the duet "Some Enchanted Evening". I would recommend investing 3:41 minutes to listen to the duet, and especially to the magnificent voice of Mr. Pinza, most likely never to be equaled in this role.

I took the photo with my new compact digital camera, Nikon S6200, with a fill flash. I did not have time to set up my larger camera, a Nikon D200.

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