Caribbean Portraits

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Julie and I worked in the West Indies from 2002-2008 and during that time we often photographed the people with whom we worked. Most were doing physically demanding work in brutally hot and humid conditions and under very harsh sunlight. They got used to us taking photographs and the result, for us, was a body of images of our friends going about their everyday work totally unconcerned by our presence. While the images revealed the character of the individuals, technically they were very poor.

I recently looked through these images (that have remained unprocessed since we came back to "the mainland" in 2008) and saw that, however technically substandard, with a little work they might produce material for some interesting "character portraits." So, many processing hours, much experimentation, a lot of photographic ink and paper later, are the results. I like them.

The prints are 16”x20” on Epson ultra premium photo paper luster. (Epson puts the words in this order.)

 

 

Big BernardBig Bernard

 

 

 

BlazeBlaze

 

 

 

BoloBolo

 

 

 

CoolieCoolie

 

 

 

ClarenceClarence

 

 

 

ErnieErnie

 

 

 

George RawlinsGeorge Rawlins

 

 

 

HowardHoward

 

 

 

PeterPeter

 

 

 

PopsPops

 

 

 

ShanonShanon