Dreamscape delivers

A hearty thank you to Trinidad Dreamscape for some tangible support of the work we do around here.

Farewell Bertie

An editorial for the T&T Guardian on the passing of pan pioneer Bertie Marshall. Read More...

Suddenly 12 years later...

Twelve years ago, I chose to spend my life with a challenging, uncompromising wise woman with whom I'd had a fiery, always fascinating romance that blossomed into a courtship.
"You know what," she asked one evening, "we should get married."
"Yeah," I said, "when, in a week?"
I didn't want a whole drawn out thing. Donna's father Bobby, a gloweringly serious man, didn't seem overly enthusiastic. We weren't after all, exactly asking to get married, though the formalities were observed for the most part. I like to think that he came around after a bit. I certainly always liked him.

As it turned out, we needed two weeks to do organize the getting married things that need to get done. It would take years for two strong-willed people to get used to the idea of not just living in the same space, but growing to understand the rather-pronounced edges of two well-developed personalities. It remains a work in progress.

The photograph on this page was one of two gestures by professional colleagues when I told them I was getting married. Marlon Rouse, then the chief photographer at the Guardian, insisted on photographing the humble event while Noel Norton insisted on doing a formal engagement photograph, hustling us off to the Savannah.

Norts then proceeded to make a monochrome print from his color negatives and it's a photo, the only one with me in it to ever get this treatment, that still sits in our living room.
It's been a remarkable time sweetie, thanks for never letting me be anything less than my best.

Bronze at the Panos

Took a bronze award for this photograph at dawn on a Sunday morning of Great Fete Sunday in 2011. It's a handheld panoramic, one of five that I've successfully done at the Pigeon Point event.
Here's a backstory on my history with panoramic images and the Great Fete experience in particular.
The competition attracts quite a few entrants, growing from 2740 images entered in 2010 to 3,586 in 2011. Statistics for 2012 participants are still to be posted to the website for the competition.

Film 1101

Here's a glimpse of the exhibit by my first semester class for 2012, Introduction to Photography, at UWI's Film School.

Dell goes retail

After more than a decade of supplying computers via a successful online ordering service, Dell is going retail in the region and has appointed a number of local technology companies as their retail agents.

New book from Queen Macoomeh!

I've had an interesting web conversation running for some time now with Queen Macoomeh, inclusive of judging some online photo competitions that she's been running.
Now the web denizen steps out from behind her nom de plume with a self-published book, Across from Lapeyrouse, which she describes as "chock full of the carnival culture, commess and some steamy bacchanal."
The book will be launched in Trinidad and Tobago in a print edition in late March, but it's available as an e-book online on Amazon Canada here and for UK buyers, here.
Order an autographed print edition from the author here.

Noel Norton is gone

Noel Norton, the remarkable photographer whose fifty-year career touched many clients and photographers passed away on January 12.
BitDepth 818, on his passing, is here.
Here's a story I wrote about him in 1999 for the Guardian's Sunday Magazine and another I wrote in 2005 on the occasion of his honorary doctorate from UTT.
A rememberance of his wife and lifelong business partner, Mary, is here.

So on Warehouse 13...

The Pitch Lake from Mark Lyndersay on Vimeo.

Hollywood takes such liberties...

So that's what "primordial tar from Trinidad" does. I'm really going to have to watch myself if I ever visit the Pitch Lake then. As it turns out, pretty much everything even midly curious is fair game on Warehouse 13, so fair's fair, I suppose.