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waiting for summer, and a bridge to cross | unpublished works

waiting for summer, and a bridge to cross | unpublished works

Summer from afar
under the sun and stars
longing for a bridge to cross


Weekly Photo Challenge: Love | Ashes to Sea

Here is a link to an older post from June 2011. In 1997 friends and I spent a week in Barbados. It was during the Sugar Crop Over Festival. A weekend long celebration, that in of itself represented Love. I will post this part of the challenge later.

But for this post, I am focusing on Love as a ceremony. A going away celebration of a loved one.

In creating this series entitled Impressions In Barbados, I was interested in mimicking the style of the impressionistic painters. Hence the title. I hope you will enjoy my look at Love.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Entrance 02

In keeping with the theme of Paris, France here is another entrance shot. It is the Musee d Orsay, located on the left bank of the river Seine. The Museum hosts the works of some of the world best Impressionist painters such as Monet, Renoir, Degas, Manet and Pissarro. Post-Impressionist work can also be found in the museum as well. They include some rather remarkable paintings by famous artists such as Seurat, Toulouse-Lautrec, Gauguin and Van Gogh.

Musee de Orsay in Paris, France


Impressions in Barbados 02 / Celebration

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Impressionism is a theory or style
of painting, literature or music which aims to reflect subjective impressions
rather than objective reality.

The Crop-Over Festival is a yearly
event celebrating the sugar crop production in Barbados. It is a week-long party
all over the island. Everywhere you go people are in the streets, restaurants,
and on the beaches drinking, eating and partying. It was fascinating watching the
many parades that snaked throughout the streets.

And everywhere the town was alive with music.
Even the beaches could not escape the sound of bands playing reggae, rock, and Caribbean
music on stages lining the shore. One such moment was quite magical as the
sloping foothills crowded with people edged its way down just yards from the
ocean.

I had a great time, and I recommend if you get the chance and love to party to go visit Barbados.

I took over two hundred photographs to document the festivities. In this post I include some of my favorites.

What do you think? Do you have a favorite party locale where you can let yourself go? Please share your thoughts.


Impressions in Barbados 01 / A Land of Beauty

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Impressionism is a theory or style
of painting, literature or music which aims to reflect subjective impressions
rather than objective reality.

In 1995 I had the pleasure of going to the island of
Barbados during the week of the Crop-Over Festival. The festival is a week-long celebration of
the sugar crop production of the year. This is a celebratory time for
visitors and native islanders who line the streets and beaches in search of fun
and surf. I was with a party of 12 that consisted of my sister and her friends.
We stayed in some lovely and remote time-shares located on the southern part of
the island.

The Impressions in Barbados series was created as a
salutation to all of the impressionist painters who have over the years turned
landscapes, seascapes, towns and islands into a visual paradise. I have always
felt that this style of painting exemplifies the beauty that can be found in
the manipulation of light and color. The key is in the brush stroke. In all of the
pieces here, I attempt to imitate various brush strokes to convey the essence
of Impressionism.

For this post, I have separated the series into 3 parts i.e.
Beauty, Celebration and Ceremony. This being part 1, I am concentrating on the beauty of the
island and focusing on its natural habitat.

What do you think? Are you a lover of Impressionism? Do you
like this style of painting and if not what is your favorite? Who are some of
your most revered Masters when you think of Impressionism? Is it Cezanne, Van
Gogh, Matisse or a contemporary that you love? Please share your thoughts. And finally,
where have you vacationed that has been or could be a great work of
impressionistic art?