Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Changing Face of Bridgetown, Barbados

It is hard to get a grasp of the physical changes that manifest themselves over short  (and longer) periods of time in Barbados.  We are so busy, I think, that even in our small, dense locale, it can take years to suddenly see, after the dust has settled, what remains and what has sprung up - old new, transitory etc.  The perspective of time is a luxury with our rapidly changing conception of identity, society and nation.  For those who have never been here, I hope you see in my images some evidence of this "changeless change", this restless dynamism which (spoiler alert) is the local complement of what we are best known for: Lazy days on the beach, rum punch, sunshine and gentle rhythms of life. Our rich heritage may yet hold forth against these changes and, with care and foresight, future generations will see a Bridgetown with rich roots of history entwined amidst our perennial spirit of industry and the new horizons to which it is leading us.

The Montefiore Fountain (ca.1865) with a now non-functioning Carnegie Free Library (built 1906)

Easy to miss, this ancient entrance to a now, non-existent Savings Society still retains its simple sign.

Chamberlain Bridge

Old Shadows...from a 100+ year old fence which skirts the Parliament Buildings of Barbados.

New colours glitter through the southern trancept of St.Michaels Cathedral, consecrated in 1665, rebuilt in 1789,

St.Lawrence Church window, under the harsh night lights of party central St.Lawrence Gap (south of Bridgetown)

Windows to The Sea? This south coast hotel is stalled in re-development under new ownership.  

The Tom Adams Financial Centre, a few miles (really) beyond the "red paling of a home on Station Hill, St.Michael.

A favorite visual trick is enabled by the mirrored glass of one of our newest buildings, reflecting one of our oldest.

3 comments:

  1. Beautiful images! Amazing what your eyes see, William, that many people (certainly, I) miss.

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  2. DEAR WILLIAM,
    You might want to stop the National Trust to see an old Fitzpatrick photo of town that shows the Savings Society in full swing!
    CHEERS!
    BOB

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  3. These are beautiful William. What luck and timing to capture a boat framed in the derelict Alamanda Hotel shell!!!

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