Before I start, I want to extend my deepest condolences to the friends and family of Barrio Dimitri. I've never actually met him, but I've followed his work from the time my friend and fellow photographer, Michael Alexander started taking photos of him a little over a year ago. Rest in Peace Barrio.
This last weekend was very busy, I helped out Brian with a wedding (congrats Damien and Lisa!) and I was the photographer for Fresh Milk VII. Fresh Milk is a Caribbean arts platform that promotes the growth of contemporary artists. It is hosted by Annalee Davis at the Milking Parlour Studio in St. George. This particular event had three facets: the opening of the Colleen Lewis Reading Room, a photographic exhibition featuring 4 talented artists from around the Caribbean, and the main event, the launch of the publication "Pictures from Paradise - A survey of Contemporary Caribbean Photography".
I'm not the best writer, so here's a writeup by Katherine Kennedy focusing on the opening of the reading room and the exhibition.
The Colleen Lewis reading room is a quiet little room within the studio. It contains a collection of books concerning the fine and craft arts, fiction, feminine studies and more. It is free and open to use to the public by appointment.
More information on the exhibition can be found here: http://arcthemagazine.com/arc/2012/07/a-negation-of-preconceptions/
The main event was the launch of the publication, "Pictures from Paradise - A Survey of Contemporary Caribbean Photography". It was compiled by Melanie Archer and Mariel Brown, co-editors of Robert and Christoper Publishers. Aaron Kamugisha engaged the ladies in conversation about their thoughts on the book, how it came to be and the different themes it explores. I got my copy and I even got it signed by Rodell who was also featured in the book.
The other photos from the event can be found on the Fresh Milk facebook page