Immersion at the Inaugural River Breeze Workshop

A spirit of camaraderie characterised the three-day River Breeze Photography workshop held last weekend in the Buff Bay Valley of Jamaica’s Blue Mountains. Based at River Breeze cottage at Cascade, the three participants immersed themselves (at times literally) in all of the activities. Friday morning saw sessions that focused on DSLR camera familiarisation, creative composition and light interpretation and included a short climb to the nearby One Drop Waterfall. The day ended with a night photography session on the grounds of the cottage.  

It was an early wake-up the next morning to catch sunrise at the upper Buff Bay Valley followed by a critique session. After lunch we made our way to the Maroon village of Charles Town where the students were exposed to an integral part of Jamaica’s history and culture. That night ended in the coastal town of Buff Bay, formerly the capital of the defunct parish of St. George.  Sunday was a full day, with some of the stops including Fish Dun waterfall, Birnamwood Anglican Church and Avocat. At the end of the weekend, the portfolios were presented and all of the students had very strong work that highlighted their creativity and drive as well and also illustrated the Buff Bay valley. Here is a link to two of the students’ work and above are the students in action.

Jamaica’s National Athletics Championships

Jamaica’s national senior athletics championships were held between June 20 – 23, with the top athletes competing for a place on the team to the IAAF World Championships in Russia in August.

Usain Bolt winning the men's 100 metres in a time of 9.94 sec. ahead of Kemar Bailey-Cole (17) in 9.98 sec and Nickel Ashmeade (13) in 9.99 secs.

Usain Bolt winning the men’s 100 metres in a time of 9.94 sec. ahead of Kemar Bailey-Cole (17) in 9.98 sec and Nickel Ashmeade (13) in 9.99 secs.

Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce led the way with many youngsters following closely in their wake to show the depth of of Jamaica’s track & field talent. Here are highlights from the weekend.

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