I received a lot of positive feedback on my prior Carnival photographs (thanks, guys!). People raved about the colors, the costumes, and the creative cell phone positioning employed by the parade participants (look again at my post if you don't know what I'm talking about). Well, it was one long parade, so lucky for you guys, I have plenty of more Carnival photos to share. I'm probably going to overdo it here (carnival ad nauseam), but I hope not...
As way of background to the next few photos, I was in St. Lucia with two friends who are also avid photographers. We all lined up at the edge of the parade route, big cameras in hand, ready to snap photos. I loved taking photos that day. But what I enjoyed almost as much was comparing the photos with my other two friends. It's amazing the vastly different images we captured even though we were standing right next to each other during the parade.
My one friend focused on action shots. He was drawn to dancing, the stomping, the lively and wild shaking. It was as if he was trying to record the soca music on print film. His photos screamed movement.
My other friend focused on portraits. He was drawn to the faces, the energy of each parade participant as they marched and danced about in the hot weather, and the spectators with their big eyes as the party passed by. His photos were about individuals.
Me, I focused on the bodies . . .
A little scandalous? Maybe. But it's what really captured the carnival spirit for me. A mass of bodies in glitter and shiny or day-glo (and often tiny-barely-there) outfits.
But just so you don't think I only took racy photos, here's some more PG-rated shots of Carnival to round it out, including one of a really adorable spectator (see, I didn't just focus on the bodies)...