When KI and I cruised to the Western Caribbean with Olivia#oliviatravel back in February, I did not know what I would be photographing. I had an idea that I would shoot ruins since we were headed to Tulum in Mexico. Beyond that, I was clueless.
Often when I head out on a shoot with friends and fellow photographers, I have in mind what the day will bring. But like my end of year photography trek to Alexandria Virginia, that can change. I thought that day would be about holiday decorations and it was, but it was also about the architecture of the area, the birds on the Potomac and close ups of structures. Sometimes lighting, a critical photographic factor, make a theme stand out.
As I photographed my way through the Caribbean, several themes emerged. You have seen these themes in the last few weeks and next week, my blog will include more of the central themes.
As I mentioned above, ruins became a central subject. I include the iguanas I captured in that. They look perfectly at home among the ruins, but they were on every island, not just Mexico. Island life was also a theme that emerged. From Hemingway’s house, shown here, to the island bar “art” in black and white, from Half Moon Cay. That is a theme that is broad and would be natural for a trip of this sort. An unusual theme though emerged. From Half Moon Cay to Key West, I kept seeing deserted bicycles. In the March 24 blog on Olivia, you witnessed one photo. Here are two more. I changed the one below to black and white, removing the beauty of the island. I was hoping to capture more emotion. What do you think? Did I succeed?
Enjoy these photos today. I had a blast taking them.