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waterwheel in decay

Waterwheel In Decay

the arnos vale waterwheel dates back to 1857 – it powered a mill at the sugar factory on the arnos vale estate in tobago. remnants of the structures are still on the site mostly covered by rainforest vegetation. in recent times, the site was converted to a nature park including a museum, restaurant, gift shop and small theatre. sadly, it is now closed and essentially abandoned. apparently the arnos vale estate that also includes a beach resort is up for sale for a rumoured us$25,000,000.

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: miscellaneous & still life

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from another era

From A Different Era

i had the pleasure of returning to tobago for end of year holidays this past december and committed to seeing different sites than what i saw on my first trip there last year. my wife, maya, had spoken about a great set of doors at the mount irvine bay hotel & golf club when she stayed there for a conference some time ago. as we were staying in the most populated part of the island, in crown point, it was quite easy to get to. the hotel itself was built in the early 70’s when there was very little in the way of tourism on this beautiful island.

it was rather evident that today, this property is but a shadow of its former self. apparently a change in management and the recession that started in 2008 has led this once prominent resort to slip into a form of decay… walking the grounds i had a strange feeling – almost a nostalgia for what it must once have been like – there was scarcely a car in the parking lot!

when i researched the property online, after the fact, i came across this:

“The Mount Irvine Bay Hotel & Golf Club offered the leading accommodation on the island for the best part of 25 years. Sadly a change of ownership and policy has resulted in the steady demise of the island’s best hotel.

The old Colonial style of the hotel will not suite [sp.] everyone. The biggest problem is an apparent constant reduction in service levels (such as the closure or limited opening of some of the hotel’s restaurants and bars). Occupancy levels are so low that you are likely to have the hotel to yourself. This creates a very strange atmosphere that many will find unsettling…” – mytobago.info

my sentiments exactly! 🙁

in any event, the doors were indeed wonderful – thanks maya! 😉

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: doors, windows & arches

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shack off the freeway

Shack Off The Freeway

driving in western new york en-route to nyc, this shack off the freeway caught my eye… i pulled over and set up my camera/tripod to take the shot. as I was putting my gear away, a police car pulled up behind me with lights flashing etc… i was told that what i had done was illegal and never to do it again – off with a warning, as it were… anyway, glad i got the shot!

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two chairs

Two Chairs

exploring the area around the distillery district in toronto brought me to one of the heritage buildings on cherry street. on the loading dock, at the side of the building was a bunch of ‘stuff’ strewn about… amongst it all were these two rickety chairs just sitting there – i thought they would make for an interesting photo… so a little rearranging and voila!

incidentally, i had just returned to toronto after living in vancouver for about 13 years or so. it was precisely during this visit to ‘the distillery’ that cemented my thoughts of selling my work and turning ‘pro’. there were vendors setup in the district’s pedestrian streets; i inquired at the offices and was told to apply for the following summer… the rest is indeed history!

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: miscellaneous & still life

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relic (b&w and with colour)

Relic (B&W) Relic (With Colour)

the original postal outlet in tortuga, trinidad, accompanied by a gorgeous tree full of texture and character – now alas a relic, as time and the elements slowly but surely take their toll on the structure…

i struggled with which version to release – monochrome or with colour – which do you prefer?

these photographs can be found in the following gallery: country scenes

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timeworn

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the effects of time on a shuttered window from one of the remaining structures in the abandoned village of mount pleasant in chaguaramas, trinidad.

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: doors, windows & arches
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