Saturday, July 30, 2011

Back to Basics VI - Spring Garden HIghway

This is the concluding chapter in the photography workshop I've been taking for the past 6 weeks.  This morning, the remnants of the class met up on Spring Garden Highway, close to Bridgetown, to photograph people.  The timing was significant:  Revellers from the previous night's Crop Over festivities were dragging themselves home in a drunken stupor and the remaining people were busy setting up stalls for "Bridgetown Market" which is a standard Festival event for craftsmen and women selling their goods.  The scene is recorded here in this series of pics (I was using a very narrow telephoto lens - 70-300mm).  I hope you enjoyed this series!





















Sunday, July 24, 2011

Saturday, July 23, 2011

On Ducks, Horses and God

A few photos from the great Barbadian outdoors featuring our favourite (and only) duck pond at Kendal Plantation in St.John, some sleepy horses in the St.George Valley just after sunrise,  and a once proud church on Horse Hill in St.Joseph which was forced to close a few months ago due to cracking walls and floors that often accompanies decades or centuries of land slippage.  The ducks are always a pretty picture even though their population vacillates from month to month as they are sold off to supermarkets and restaurants (at least that's were we think they go).









Back to Basics V - Joe's RIver

This morning's field trip found my photography class at a very quiet corner of Barbados known as Joe's River.  It is a small river (stream) which reaches the Atlantic Ocean on the East Coast of Barbados in the shadow of Edgewater Hotel and is today not much more than a trickle.  Still, our instructor took us there to explore light and texture in addition to our lessons in composition, exposure and depth of field.  In spite of the manifold evidence of man's disregard for nature, we dodged the trash and other detritus to see what we could see and make images that would say what we want.  They are images of nature, landscapes, reflections on the real but the activity of getting in close and really looking and then translating to express meaning was the subtext of my efforts today.  It was over all too quickly but here are my favourites...thanks for listening and watching and believing...

"Rather, this light is the very imagination of the image, its own thought. It does not emanate from one single source, but from two different, dual ones: the object and the gaze." 
- Jean Baudrillard, Photography, or the Writing of Light, 2000 














Monday, July 18, 2011

2011 Crop Over Festival - Pan in De City

These guys were just incredible...pan playing like I have rarely heard, the air was electric and the crowds braved all manner of wind and rain to hear them!  Look out for more 2011 Crop Over Festival photos here in the weeks to come!








Saturday, July 16, 2011

Back to Basics IV - Browne's Beach, Barbados

Situated just inside the edge of Bridgetown city limits, the magnificent Browne's Beach connects the heart of the business district with two of the largest hotels on Barbados. It is a natural haven, popular with tourists and locals alike and jealously guarded by local environmental protectionists.  As with all beaches in Barbados, this one mile stretch of golden sands and azure waters is open and free, with its primary public access being directly opposite the island's Government Headquarters.  And as with any given Saturday morning, Browne's Beach becomes a mecca not just for the lovers of sun and sea but also for a vast range of activities, from T'ai Chi and Capoeria exercises, to fishing and the full-immersion baptisms that are popular with many of the island's smaller indigenous religions. Can you see it?  Bright streaming sunshine, gently lapping waves, squealing children and the "twack" of paddle boards engaging in a vigourous volley...

This is Browne's Beach, Barbados!

The Grand Barbados and Hilton Hotels tower at the southern end of Browne's Beach.

The laws of Barbados guarantee free access to ALL beaches.

A local church brings its congregation to the beach for a series of ceremonial full-immersion baptisms.

T'ai Chi is just one of the many sports that find their way onto this beach.

A jetty connects a popular watering hole with water-access of fishing and other water-borne vessels.

Preparing for the mass of tourists that flock to this beach on any given day of the week.

Frisbee, paddle board, calisthenics, watersports and more make for an active beach life.

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