Capturing the Dragon – A Musician’s Images of China

Colin Traquair (NAC Orchestra, trombone) with a photograph of a woman he met in Chongqing.
Cycle Recycling, Shanghai © photo: Colin Traquair
Yu Gardens I, Shanghai © photo: Colin Traquair
French Concession Alleyway, Shanghai © photo: Colin Traquair
Woman at Porcelain Market, Chongqing © photo: Colin Traquair
Woman in the French Concession, Shanghai © photo: Colin Traquair
Colin Traquair (NAC Orchestra, trombone) speaks with a journalist at his photo exhibit.

This week the NAC unveiled a stunning photographic exhibit by NAC Orchestra musician Colin Traquair (trombone). The photos were taken last October during the NAC Orchestra’s landmark 18-day performance and education tour of China, which included stops in Hong Kong, Beijing, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Fuling, Tianjin, and Shanghai.

During the China tour Colin made one friend that he will never forget; a lovely old woman in the Chongqing market that was so friendly she took Colin to lunch. It was as an encounter of a lifetime.

“This is my photographic impression of the vast and miraculous complexity that is China,” said Colin Traquair. “I’ve tried to capture the spirit of the individual, the fantastic architecture – both ancient and modern – and the Chinese people’s amazing ability to defy the laws of physics through transportation.” 

The exhibit will be on display in the Southam Hall Foyer until January 30th.