During a short new year break in Barbados, I planned to make two trips into Bridgetown to shoot some of the homeless locals. Bridgetown is the capital of the Barbados and has a big history from the years the British empire that laid claim to the island in 1625. Even though Barbados had their independence in 1966 many of the British principles still remain in Barbados today, such as the side of the road they drive on to the way their parliament and schools are run.
Like any capital is has it’s fair share of poor and homeless inhabitants roaming and sleeping on the streets, so I wanted to see what Bridgetown had to offer in regards to photo opportunities.
Location, Bridgetown, Barbados
Images © Daniel Dytrych
Standing on Bridge Street with Marhill Street right ahead.
While I was shooting on Bridge Street this man name Arnold came over to say he was hungry. He took me to a small shack type sandwich shop just around the corner and I bought him a small bite to eat in return for his portrait. I rather like the caption on his t-shirt.
The guy sitting down sells the newspapers. They are hidden beneath the the plastic sheet when it rains.
Lying on the corner of Bridge and Fairchild street was this man. He was totally out of it and clearly unwell and I didn’t even attempt to engage in conversation. I hung around him for about 15 minutes taking photos.
Just by Broad street is a small park where groups of poor and homeless people seem to hang around and socialise. I asked one person why was everyone here and he tells me they were waiting for food.
This woman was pushing a trolley along the road what seems to be filled with her belongings. I noticed that her hands were pretty messed up so I asked her what had happened, she went ahead and explained but sadly I couldn’t understand her. I didn’t want to seem rude having to ask her to explain again. I gave her $1 Barbadian dollar for her portrait, it was all I had.
Finally, on the way back to the bus terminal this guy was walking behind me mumbling and swearing and asking for money, became quite annoying, so I turned around with my camera and quickly took some shots. He didn’t like that but he sure has a great look.