Our trip to the Caribbean consisted of three different islands. St. Lucia, Barbados, and St. Thomas. We liked them all for different reasons, but probably our most favorite was Barbados. We had heard there was a steel pan band playing on the beach one afternoon so we thought we would wander down and give them a listen. After all, we were in paradise in winter. What better way to spend our time than with a rum punch in one hand, listening to a island music and watching the waves roll into the surf. We hooked up with our new friends, Eddie and Lisa from New York, I grabbed my D60 and we headed out.
It was a hot day. The sun was beaming and the sand was uncomfortable to be on without protection on your feet. The place we went to was crowded and filled with tourists much like ourselves. We settled into a table and listened to the music for a while. Jennifer happened to notice a group of kids, young kids, coming off the beach with what seemed to be their teachers, heading towards the area in front of the band. Sure enough, they stopped right in front and started to listen. Seeing this as an opportunity, I grabbed my camera and ran up by the band. In the States, taking pictures of kids can be pretty tricky. It can often time draw seriously unwanted attention to the legitimate photographer due to all of the dangers from genuinely dangerous individuals. In the islands however, a scene like this begs to have its picture taken. Believe me I was not the only one with my camera out.
In the island of Barbados, the people are known as Bajan (bay-shan). Thus the tittle of the Bajan Dance.