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Saturday, June 07, 2008

BMEX: Caribbean Fashion Week 2008


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CFW: Image 18
BMEX 2008
Caribbean Fashion Week 2008
Barbados Manufacturers' Exhibition
Sherbourne Conference Centre
9 - 12 May, 2008
Series: BMEX 2008

The fashion show at BMEX 2008 was the highlight of the nights. It was a taste of Caribbean Fashion Week 2008. The drinks wee flowing and the finger food was abundant. Music filled the air, with all the haves and have-nots mingling together.

Well my booth was done for the day and I meandered to the lower floor to watch the fashion show. Armed with my trusted D70s with a Nikon 600 Speed-light, I shot the show. The light was low as you might know. With my slow ass camera I did the best I could. Fashion photography requires a fast camera. The composition may have been ok, but the color and lighting was terrible with most of the images.

I am not a fashion photographer like Laretta Houston or James Dawson, by no stretch of the imagination. Secretly my heart wants to get into that type of photography. Maybe someday I could work with one or both of the photographers mentioned.

So for Caribbean Fashion Week 2008 I did my little thing. The only negative, the show was too short. Enjoy my blend of fashion Photography.

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BMEX 2008

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My Booth
BMEX 2008
Barbados Manufacturers' Exhibition
Sherbourne Conference Centre
9 - 12 May, 2008
Series: BMEX 2008

Making a full or part time living as photographer is one of the hardest things to do. Taking the images is the easiest part of the business. Compiling and marketing are the juggernauts of photography. Marketing is not one of my strong points. Let me be the first to say that.

Lately I had the opportunity to showcase a portion of my photography at BMEX 2008 held at the Sherbourne Conference Centre in Barbados. Basically, I was showcasing my book, Old Barbados through Photography. Prints (framed) were exhibited and were up for sale.

More than 80 percent of the folks who visited my booth related their gratitude and support of me highlighting Old Barbados. At the moment, many of the old and decaying homes and buildings in Barbados are under pressure of disappearing due to the influx of new building, especially the introduction of the overwhelming Condo craze. Many of these places can be restored and still be commercially useful.

I was particular elated and inspired when quite a few young folk came asking about my technique and about my unwavering determination to capture old Barbados. One chap when as far as to ask if I could take him on as an assistant photographer. But to be honest, I am just finding my way. I am still learning.

So within all the excitement, many of my prints were sold. The books I had on hand, sold out. All in all, it was a good experience. The feedback was excellent and I got a few ideas from other artists who were also exhibiting.

BMEX was well attended. For me, I was happy to be a part of it.

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