Curacao - October 2010
This time equipped with a new camera, a Canon 7D, a virtual tank of a DSLR. Literal one too. It flew out of my hands and on to the hard, yet stylishly attractive tile floor of the Aviila hotel room. Fell hard. I'm thinking sooooo toast. No damage, picked it up, turned it on, no muss no fuss. It also happens to be a boon to someone such as I who will avoid flash at all possible costs, is just incredibly configurable for exacly what I want to do, and where I usually shoot (low light scary places.)
So, here are the images from this year's trip back to the island, and to our friends at the Avila hotel, and Rosendael's. We made wonderful new friends, as well, at Fishalicious, a delicious new addition to the Petermaii neighborhood. There will be lots of forthcoming additions and renovations. Curacao is getting more and more notice. I am glad, at least for now, I get blank stares when asked where I've been to have this tan to which I reply, "Curacao." Development is coming fast and furious, so my personal Caribbean secret will not remain one much longer.
Made little use of the rental. It stayed parked mostly, as this trip was not filled with hot day trips for hours in a crappy car with just as bad A/C so I could get a shot of some odd thing or place. I kept it local, mostly. Which meant walking around the 'real' neighborhoods I'd been warned to stay away from. Puleez, that's like saying MAKE SURE YA VISIT to me. And even then, it was beastly hot if you weren't right under a cabana in the constant full breeze on the south beach at the Avila. Which, not being a complete idiot, is where I stayed. Mostly horizontal, even when in the water watching gorgeous fish in their electric skins. I thought I'd really shot not much at all, and initial look-sees kind of confirmed it. Then I really got down to seeing what I had gotten, and was well, very happy.
Once again, Curacao not only exhibited it's stunning beauty in her people, landscapes, architecture, and cuisine, but always reminds me of some very fundamental truths, both positive and negative.
I'll leave you to see if maybe you don't see some yourself.
~ Bill 10/26/10