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Slanted Door , originally uploaded by pictureinfocus . BDOSGL072308_0068-0069Z1 Slanted Door Garden Land, Country Road St. Michael, Bar...

Friday, June 29, 2007

Kadooment Day 2006


Kadooment Day, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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Barbados Crop Over 2006
Kadooment Day
National Stadium
Barbados
08-07-2006


Although they are many aspects and events that make up Crop Over, I love Grand Kadooment Day the best. I am not going to describe all of Crop Over for you. You can obtain all that information at Barbados.Org.

I used to don a costume and play mass. Now, I usually photograph the Grand Kadooment, which is always kept on the first Monday in August. Revelers first show their stuff at the Nation Stadium before heading to the streets. The bands and their costume members play mass in the streets all the way the final destination, which is Spring Garden Highway. Along the way it is fun, fun, fun.

This is the time revelers seem to be at their finest. They let themselves relax, almost in a trance with the music. The emotion on their faces and their body movements is what I try to capture.

So come enjoy the colors and faces of Crop Over 2006.

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Also, you can view my all inclusive blog on Barbados.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Old Fashion Glass Windows


Old Fashion Glass Windows, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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Old Fashion Glass Windows
From Here to There
Kensington Old Road, Bridgetown
Barbados
07-25-2006


Yes, you are correct. These are some old fashion windows. You wouldn’t find much of these kinds of windows anymore. However, I can tell you I have history with windows just like this one.

It was my reluctant task to clean the windows when I live in Harts Gap at my aunt’s old brick bungalow. Let me tell you that this was the only chore I hated. As a boy I did not mind going to the shop for a pound of salt or sugar. But to clean the windows every Saturday was just a loathful thing for me. Armed with soapy water, window cleaner, and a host of newspapers, I used to scrub and shine. Achy arms were the result most of time. My aunt was happy, but I wasn’t.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

A Little Pasture


A Little Pasture, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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A Little Pasture
From Here to There
Kensington Old Road, Bridgetown
Barbados
07-25-2006


Even in dense Tenantry housing areas you can still find some green space like in the country side.

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Goat Grazing


Goat Grazing, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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Goat Grazing
From Here to There
Kensington Old Road, Bridgetown
Barbados
07-25-2006


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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Still My House


Still My House, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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Still My House
From Here to There
Kensington Old Road, Bridgetown
Barbados
07-25-2006


Living in what some in Barbados would call the ’town’ as appose to the ‘country’, you would find some small neighborhoods called a Tenantry. In most of these areas you will find mostly wooden chattel houses.

This is an image of a house on Kensington Old Road before the completion of the now new Kensington Oval. Houses in this area were slated for re-beautification prior to World Cup Cricket 2007, but I have no idea if this house was part of it. The Ministry of Social Transformation supposedly helps folk on Tenantry land maintain their home if they are economically not able to do so. The ministry also allows Tenantry folk to purchase the lots after living there for some substantial length of time. How well the Programme works, I cannot tell you.

I grew up on Tenantry property in the Garden Land and can remember looking out my window into the neighbors’ house and talking to the kid who lived there. Their zinc fence (pailing) was ours as well. Those were the days and even though you lived in a wooden chattel house it did not matter. The closest of the neighborhood was intact. Most of my closest friends now, are the same ones I grew up with in those Tenantry areas.

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Door and Windows


Door and Windows, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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Door and Windows
From Here to There
Kensington Old Road, Bridgetown
Barbados
07-25-2006


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