Belmont Freetown dances at the Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Village

Belmont Freetown performing at the launch of the Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Village
Belmont Freetown performed a passionately energetic piece moves at the launch of the Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Village

One of the many aspects of my job that I love is the access I get when taking photos. The good people at the Trinidad and Tobago cultural celebration had allocated press photographer seats at the very front of the circle. While this would have got me one or two good shots, I didn’t like it because when I went up to shoot the people doing the sound checks all I got was the tops of their heads from stage left. It also gave me little room to manoeuvre, meaning that I’d have minimal choice in the perspectives of my photographic composition. So I asked if I could stand on that part of the actual stage (stage left again) that was hidden from the audience and shot from there.
Members of Belmont Freetown performing at the Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Village

While I’d have loved to have shot the troupe limbo dancing from directly in front and at the centre of the stage, that would have obscured slots of people’s views and would have been extremely impolite, especially considering the great position I had to take photographs from. I’m very happy with the rest of what I produced. There’s no way I’d have managed anything like the top shot from anywhere else.

Link to the Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Village.