Sunday, January 21, 2018

Refreshing The Life Screen

It is remarkable to me how merely being in the presence of people foreign to our island renews my own vision, their virgin impressions imbuing my own eye with a deepening of discernment and breaking the tedium of same-ness.

For the first two weeks of the year, family and friends from the north, many whom I have never met, have graced our shores - a flurry of activity in which we have tried our best, once again, to be gracious hosts, particularly to the newbies.  This, of course, has meant dinners and sharing and the obligatory island tour/photo safari or two.  In the   midst of all this sharing and exchange of views, my own eye has refreshed, and life screen re-set in ways that are never predictable.

My photographs today, each one of places I have visited and photographed  countless times in previous years,  are the first fruit, as it were, of that exchange!

West Bury Cemetery, across the street from the newly named "Rihanna Drive", grave marker of unrelated persons.

From the deck of my brother's home on the East Coast, a scene I  have been privileged to enjoy countless times.

Leaving the historic Codrington College (behind me), the light continues to open up the familiar in new ways.

Again, St.John's Church (1837) originally dates back to 1634 but destroyed by acts of god and natural disaster a few times

Leaving the dark wood-laden interior of St.John's Parish Church, back into the brilliant January light.

Verso side of the famous "Paleologus Tomb" - see next photo for the front (and do read the inscription!).

The historic tomb of Ferdinando Paleologus, a symbol of ancient linkages to the ancient seat of the Christianity. 

This scene is another I have waited years to capture to my satisfaction.

Cane arrows - The "flower" of our islands famous crop for centuries, usually in vast oceans of soft translucence.

A solitary afternoon jogger punctuates this scene of one of my favorite areas for landscape photography (the northern edge of the parish of St.Thomas).

Rhythm and melody - brought to life by golden afternoon light.

A January poem.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Whew! Well that's over...

Firstly, an apology to viewers of my blog, both regulars and those who have stumbled upon my images, for allowing my site to go almost derelict from neglect!  2017 was a marathon of a year, particularly in terms of a need to sustain growth of vision and spirit in spite of the many challenges of life as the millennium approaches its 25th year.  Extraordinary times, extraordinary change, extraordinary challenges!  Perhaps my relief is precipitate - 2018 seems to promise even more extremes, more inversions...I know I'm not alone.  Thankfully, I keep looking, keep searching and the results, when viewed together after almost a full 12 months absence from this blog, are sobering yet reassuring.  My evolving focus seems away from the thrill of a shot that mark new achievements in my photography, to a sincere capture, reflecting elements of life that seem unchanging, even if the world seems to be in an endless shudder of transition and upheaval. This diaristic approach thus presents one image  for each month of the year, all gathered over an unprecedented (for me) 3 months of collating, consideration and finally, choice!  Happy New Year!

T'ai Chi Man at Cove Bay, St.Lucy, Barbados

Shooting Birds In Flight over Consett Bay in Barbados

Antithesis of my smoke break - life flourishing everywhere!

A Proustian Moment, all  light, water, rhythm and reflection

My first visit to Martinique - The cows came home!

St.Andrew, Barbados
The moment years of subconscious looking are rewarded...
Ferry from New London, Connecticut to Fishers Island, New York
Basilica of St.Mary - Always shining for me...
My boredom on an uneventful day is eviscerated by nature's poetry.
The storm clouds roll in, close and low, over Barbados East Coast.
Finding my way...

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Brave New Year

Sharing on my blog has been crucial to my development as a photographer over the years and I thank all who have visited, commented, encouraged or criticized my work.  Your viewership has given my eye purpose!  This year I'm up to new challenges, with my second solo photography exhibit approaching (February 10th - February 28th - follow on instagram (jamminyammo OR frameartco) or on Facebook (William Cummins or  the frame and art co). I'm aware of my eye darting in many different directions, like the butterflies in today's post! Style-wise, this couldn't be farther away from the works in exhibit, all black & white abstracts from my iPhone.  The underlying hunger is, naturally, to "see the light". I hope you'll enjoy these, my first on this blog in too long.  Maybe I'll see you at my exhibit?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Night Colours

Long time to see...and long time no see Bridgetown, that urban compact that we call our capital.  All hand-held shots, I was uncertain what I wanted on this journey and found, to my surprise,  that city night life here, which is no life at all, is actually a vibrant jamboree of colors with a wild mix of fluorescents of varied ratings doing the jumping.  So it's really a technical "discovery" and I'm attaching no aesthetic claims here, just a very silent carnival of light.  Enjoy...

Monday, August 1, 2016

2016 Grand Kadooment, Barbados Crop Over Festival

It was the last stretch of parade that we witnessed and it looked so as well, with tired revellers winding down after their epic march across the northern stretches of Bridgetown.  Still, all senses were employed as colors and music and dancing exploded on the street.  This is my offering of images captured along Spring Garden Highway this afternoon.

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