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13
Feb
09

My Day Today

I was out and about today…

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Connect the dots! Passed by this old office building on Maraval Road, Port of Spain.

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I ran into an artist painting...

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She was painting a coconut carriage around the Savannah...

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...and attracted a fair amount of curiosity and attention.

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She was doing an oil painting for a friend's new art gallery. She uses a plastic bag as a palette. I thought it looked pretty.

While I was there watching her work, I noticed some interesting sights…

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Pretty Tree Cathedral

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Ackee flowers (?) in coconut shell.

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Stag... a man's beer.

I was hungry, so I told my new artist friend “goodbye” and travelled somewhere for lunch.

Lunch was part-Latin, but lunch was all good!

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Here are the condiments. Clockwise from upper left: Hot pepper sauce, Tamarind sauce, Garlic sauce and Shadon Beni sauce.

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Lunch was polenta, stewed chicken, with a side salad of stir-fried seasoned broccoli and cauliflower florets. Washed down with Pommecythere (golden apple) juice.

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Did I mention that lunch was good?

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I decided to have a slice of heaven for dessert. Oops... I meant carrot cake...

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After I'd paid for lunch, I looked around and saw some interesting pictures hanging on a nearby wall.

They were rare pictures of popular calypsonians (some of whom are deceased).  I took pictures of them.  The owner objected though.  I deleted them out of respect for his collection.  He promised me that we could meet to chat after Carnival was over and he’d let me see the others.

Today was a good day…

Peace and Rice,

jw

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10
Feb
09

Making Their Mark

I like graffiti.  Always have.  I guess it has a lot to do with the freeform expression… the ability to rush a beautiful piece of rebellion onto a surface without getting caught.  At school, I used to express myself quite liberally in wood carvings on my desks.

Anyway, over the last few years, graffiti artists have been making Port of Spain their canvas of choice.  I’ve chronicled some of their exploits in the public space before (some examples here, here and here).

I’ve been noticing a new artist on the scene these days… artistes, probably.  An artist or a collective going by the name of “HOWOK”…

Click the pix to see more of what they’ve been up to…

Peace and Rice,

jw

07
Feb
09

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Sitting on a bench around the Queen’s Park Savannah on a moonlight night.

I mean to read the book of the same title one of these good days…

Peace and Rice,

jw

04
Feb
09

Bonnet Angel

I was doing some shopping in West Trinidad, and was waiting to meet someone.  As I walked to my car, I happened upon this scene and just started taking pictures.

The driver drives a taxi, and the ornament was passed down to him by his taxi-driver father.  When he related the story of how hard his father worked to support his family, the man sobbed unabashedly and without shame.

All his brothers also drive taxis, and have similar ornaments on their cars… theirs have plastic wings though.

He was the only one to get an ornament from his Daddy.

Peace and Rice,

jw

26
Jan
09

Full Moon

One night, I went for a stroll around the Queen’s Park Savannah with my girlfriend.  It the night with the biggest full moon for 2009, and everything shone so brightly.

Here are some of the things that had me spellbound.

Peace and Rice,

jw

29
Oct
08

Divali 2008 Gallery

Here are some of the pix I took during Divali festivities yesterday.  I took over 100 pix, but these are some of the best.  I didn’t use flash at all (except for a few pics), and relied on the lighting from the deyas (small oil lamps) and the overhead street lamps.

I first went to Ethel Street in St James, and had to walk from 3 streets away because I couldn’t get a closer parking spot.  There were a lot of people there, from all walks of Trinidadian life, who came to enjoy the sights and sounds of the celebrations.

Then I went to Adam Smith Square in Woodbrook, where the celebrations were a bit muted, and not as intricate.  After walking around for about 5 minutes, I opted to leave.

It was magical.  Enjoy the pictures.

Peace and Rice,

jw

24
Oct
08

Weave

An “Arts and Crafts” vendor weaves a table mat from coconut branches and tree bark on the beach at Mt Irvine Bay, Tobago.




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