One of my favorite places on earth, and fortunately the subject of a recent trip to the Caribbean. Look for updates to the Travel portfolio section soon!
As a travel photographer, one of my favorite overlook’s within the Virgin Islands National Park is on the Cinnamon Bay Trail. This vista is well worth the climb, as you are able to take in all of Cinnamon Bay as well as Peter Bay. For a fun full day out one can hike the Cinnamon Bay trail in the morning, and then catch the bus from Centerline road, where the trail ends. You can then go out to Coral Bay for an afternoon of hamburgers at Skinny Legs or head back to Cruz Bay. No matter what you might choose to do, be sure to allow plenty of time to stop to take in the very same view that many of the Danish colonists likely saw back in the 1700’s.
Spending the past year and a half doing travel photography in the Caribbean islands allows one to spend time on Cays. A cay is a small typically uninhabited offshore island, many of the cays near St. John are perfect for a picnic day trip via kayak. Cays are formed when when ocean currents transport lose sediment across the surface of a reef. One of my favorite Cays in the Virgin Islands is Whistling Cay, home to many pelicans and a Colonial-era guardhouse. Whistling Cay resembles the islet above.
This shipwreck can be seen when taking the ferry from St. John to West End Tortola. Shipwrecks are often left in place to eventually serve as artificial reefs and the British Virgin Islands has a history of shipwrecks the most famous being the RMS Rhone which serves up spectacular scuba dives for visitors.
A great activity to do on the island of St. John is birdwatching, the path above is a trail which leads to a pond populated by many different types of birds.
I am pleased to share with you an image of mine which is currently featured in American Airlines first class inflight magazine Celebrated Living. Celebrated Living chose St. Johnas a destination included in the “Craving the Caribbean” article on Winter travel. The photograph above of the delicious salmon canapé from Asolare restaurant was selected by Marilyn Calley, Celebrated Living’s Art Director. Dubbed ‘The Nature Island’ you can read the full article on St. John here.
Peace hill is one of my favorite spots on St. John, and a great place for a quick hike and a swim in nearby Denis Bay. From 1953 until hurricane Marylin swept through the island, there was a giant Christ of the Caribbean statue atop the hill. (The colonial era windmill in the linked photo still stands.)Peace Hill is definitely peaceful, and a great place to spot sailboats traveling to the British Virgin Islands.
This image is from the Land and Sea series, part of which was exhibited at McGuffey Art Center, in Charlottesville Virginia last year. These images are from a variety of locations, though are tied together with the cool color palette utilized and the inclusion of a strong horizon line. The horizon line is a graphic element that I love, and think can be quite powerful within a photographic composition to unite or divide elements. While attending Virginia Commonwealth University’s photography program, I loved learning about how to use natural elements such as horizon lines and the rule of thirds to strengthen the message in a photograph. While studying abroad, outside London, I first came across the immensely inspirational Hiroshi Sugimoto – an artist whose work influenced me in the creation of the Land and Sea series.
One of my favorite things about living on an island is that you are surrounded by a strong horizon line, where the sky meets the sea. Wonderful to look out upon and great for creating photographs.