Sunday, February 18, 2007

Abigail’s Traditional Portraits

At the Traditional Mas 2007 at Adam Smith's Square in Port of Spain, Trinidad, Abigail Hadeed was prodding her subjects to do a number of poses in the hope to capture the masquerader at his best. Her makeshift studio was located behind the stands, and was confined by a large navy green cloth draped between two trees. Hadeed was assisted by a staff of four people and the event looked very professional with a range of equipment such as a large format camera, and a gofer who ran back and forth replacing the negative film.

The scene looked as if it was taken from the nineteenth century as the photographer was caped with a heavy black cloth and soon was disrupted by a pack of Red Devils who just wanted to part take. Whether or not if these photographs are for her commercial or personal archives, she is preserving a part of Trinidad and Tobago's carnival culture which is dying.

The individual being photographed is called a Fancy Sailor, a traditional masquerader who are less seen at Carnival competitions.

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