Monday, June 25, 2012

Colours of Bridgetown

I'm on a monochrome trip these days...trying to re-train my eye.  Amazing how an overcast afternoon can yet be so descriptive.  I hope you like them!


Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Two-Minute Study

While for the past several weeks these trailers have caught my eye each time I have passed them, today, fortune struck:  For once I was in the passenger seat, camera at the ready and the moment arrived with the sun high in the sky and a driver willing enough to "brake for art"!  These were actually shot in about one minute while my patient colleague waited for me to finally get it done.  These images reflect my continuing interest in abstraction and pattern, light and shadow.  Thanks J.O.S!







Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Historic Bridgetown Receives Its World Heritage Inscription

A great moment in the history of Barbados took place this afternoon, June 13th at our Garrison Savannah, as we witnessed the island's first World Heritage Inscription Ceremony.  A relatively small crowd of approx. 400 souls and 200 invited guests observed the event which marked the recognition of the historic value and significance of Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison to Barbados, the region and the world.  The importance of these areas of our island to the smooth and profitable functioning of the British empire and the strategic importance of Barbados as the first port of call for ships crossing the Atlantic Ocean is now recognised as enshrined in the ancient layout of the city, medieval in origin and yet New World in purpose and evolution.  The architecture of the city still holds centuries-old examples of colonial building styles and the Garrison itself, holds many fine examples of buildings, tunnels, battlements and regimental housing (still in use today for residential, military and business purposes).  The official language of all this eludes me but I encourage you, if you do not know, to consult websites for government, media and culture that are replete with detailed and analytical descriptions of the area.  For me, I was just a guy with a camera who witnessed the making of history today!

The ceremony took place at the southwest corner of the Garrison, in front of the Main Guard (Clock Tower)

The relatively small crowd of about 400 spectators represented a large cross-section of our island's population

Most of the attending public were actually outside of the large tent



In the backrgound are two members of the Zouave Militia, in full ceremonial uniform, awaiting their part in the proceedings

Director General o f UNESCO, Mme. Irina Bokova

With Prime Minister of Barbados, the Honorable Freundel Stuart
MInister of Tourism, Hon. Richard Sealy at right

Our Prime Minister, Hon. Freundel Stuart and Director General of UNESCO, Mme Irina Bokova
Minister of Tourism, Hon. Richard Sealy unveils the official signage of our newly inscribed World Heritage site

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart gives his address to the proceedings
The frieze of the main Guard makes for a fitting backdrop to the ceremony, with the Royal Barbados Police Force band performing.

Hon. Patrick Todd, M.P. for Bridgetown (left) and the Hon. Stephen Lashley, Minister of Culture

The Official signage for Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison was unveiled by Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy.
Mme. Irina Bokova, unrolls the Inscription

Mme. Bokova presents the Inscription to Prime Minister Stuart
Unveiling the UNESCO World Heritage Plaque


The Zouave Militia, mark the closing of the official proceedings with their march through the tent.







One of the many fashionably attired guests

The Mighty Gabby, our longstanding calypso legend opens the entertainment component of the programme.

The Mighty Gabby






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