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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Carrington’s Village


Carrington’s Village, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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Carrington’s Village
Tweedside Road, Carrington's Village
St. Michael, Barbados
Series: Walking, Driving, Taking Pictures
(07-28-2007)

Carrington’s Village is without a doubt a part of me. My mother and her family grew up in that plantation like village of small and intricate chattel houses and shops. I spent my first three to four years living in 2nd Avenue Tweedside Road. And even though I moved to the Garden Land later on, I still visited Carrington’s Village often.

Carrington’s Village was made popular by a native son of Barbados, George Lamming. This novelist and essayist captured the hearts and souls of many in 1953. His most celebrated book, In the Castle of My Skin, gave life to a Carrington’s Village of the post plantation era. It related the life of a young man and this family living in an ever changing village. Carrington’s Village which is not far from the capital Bridgetown was part of a huge sugar agricultural estate under the rule of the British and their plantation system.

There is a lot to remember about Carrington’s Village: I can still see the old street vendor Ms. Clarke selling her liver cutters; I have memories of my father having me in the bar of his old bicycle and riding me up Tweedside Road to my Grandmother’s place; and who can forget the COWS (Seals family) with their very popular shop which is now a thing of the past.

Carrington’s Village will always be a neighborhood full of character and memories. Small houses are still prominent, but some huge wall (brick) houses are creeping in, trying to change face of the village. Will this be for the good, only time will tell?

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Many Squares of Glass


Many Squares of Glass, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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Many Squares of Glass
Church Street
Bridgetown, Barbados
Series: Walking, Driving, Taking Pictures
(07-28-2007)

As a photographer you see many things, you observe many thing, and sometimes you are puzzled by many things.

So it was to my surprise while capturing this chattel house that I saw the use of wire or ‘chicken wire’ as a security tool. Usually you see iron windows guards, but here you have wire. You would only need a wire cutter if you break through this wood and glass.

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Brooklyn West Indian American Day Carnival (2008)


We Jamming, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.



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We Jamming
Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, New York
Series: Brooklyn West Indian American Day Carnival
(09-01-2008)

The feeling of this carnival has waned a bit for me. Maybe I am older now and it is not as important to me as it was years ago. Maybe it is the fact alcohol is not permitted and having a good time sober is stretching it a bit. But what am I talking about anyway, I never drank then either. Maybe the time it takes to start now is the problem. Gosh, 11:00 AM and still waiting, what are will the spectators be thinking. And by 6:00 PM or before, all is done.

Security around the surrounding streets of Eastern Parkway was tight this year. I am not sure if it was really security or the fact they were trying to stifle the parade. The bus ride along Utica was ok. But when you walked to Buffalo and tried to go up to Eastern Parkway, the cops were there to stop you. The nearby park was also off limits. So no short cut was available. You had to walk all the way back to Utica to gain access to Eastern Parkway and the parade. While walking, all that could be heard were folks cussing the organization or the disorganization of access to areas.

Luckily, the Bajan band was approaching Utica as I got onto Eastern Parkway. Positioning myself behind the truck I began to take pictures. The music took me and I forgot all about the hassle it took getting there. Feet don’t fail me now was my cry.

NOTE :
New images of Brooklyn West Indian American Day Carnival 2008 will be added from time to time as I edit and process them. So check back when time permits. Thanks.

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