Bridgetown in Random Mode 2007
Steel Pan Over There
Heroes Square, Bridgetown
St. Michael, Barbados
Event: Pan in the City 2007
Series: Bridgetown in Random Mode
It is my second day on the island. Waking up was a bit hard. I just wanted to sleep. But as vacations go, you got to get going or it will pass you by.
So I am bumming a lift with my cousin to Bridgetown hoping maybe I will be able catch some part of PAN IN THE CITY.
Well, I am here and not much people are partaking in this event. An old man just related that if this was a reggae show then all the young folks would he here. They cannot appreciate PAN was his cry. Frankly, I agree with him. I think I am going to head over to Swan Street and meet up with a friend and return a bit later.
At this moment I have no discipline or any theme to think of, so I am shoot anything. Yes, I am shooting wild and hopefully some thing will look good.
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Slanted Door , originally uploaded by pictureinfocus . BDOSGL072308_0068-0069Z1 Slanted Door Garden Land, Country Road St. Michael, Bar...
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Bus Stop, Island Life
Drax Hall Road, St. George, Barbados
Series: Walking From Jopya Drive to Byde Mill
Bus Stops in Barbados fascinate me, especially in the countryside. Almost all seated Bus Stops now have advertisements. And after waiting for the bus for so long, maybe…just maybe, the advertisement would have by then stuck into your head. It would be liken to brain compromising.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Crop Over Girls
Mas Band: The Refugees
Band Leader: Roger Millar
Designer: Lisa & Lee-Ann Millar
National Stadium, St. Michael, Barbados
Series: Barbados Crop Over 2007 - Kadooment Day (08-06-2007)
Kadooment Day is the climax of Crop Over. I have been waiting on this day like many Bajans alike since last August (2006). It is in the blood to jump and revel in the streets. The Calypso or Soca music takes reveler into another world of euphoria. I have not played mass for a few years now. Photographing the event seems to give me more pleasure now. Capturing the emotion of the revelers in the frenzy via music is exhilarating.
But before these massive bands filled with hundreds of paying participants hit the streets they have to impress the judges as they dance and gyrate across the judging point at the National Stadium. Rain or sunshine the carnival madness goes on. There vie to be called the best in different categories like: the biggest band; the best costumes; the best rendition of a specific theme, and the like.
For me, I am track side with the other journalist. Most of the photographers like to amass after the judging point. I prefer to be located before the judging point. As the revelers gear up to cross the stage they are wiped into frenzy by their band leaders. The pulsating music sends them wild and the wait to cross the judging point become intense. That is where I love to be, to capture that pure and complete controlled madness we call mass. And like the top song of the Crop Over 2007 season says, “I am a soca junkie”. So come along and feel the heat we call Kadooment Day, arguably the best day of Crop Over.
New images of Kadooment Day 2007 will be added from time to time as I edit and process them. So do check back when time permits. Thanks.