One of my favorite places to spend time in Brooklyn, is Prospect Park. Yesterday afternoon, my friend and fellow photographer Josh Kristal, and I, took a bike ride there. While leisurely cruising around, we came upon a very friendly Jamaican family, who offered us a plate of food. Delicious home cooked ribs, jerked chicken, black beans and rice.
We offered them some money which they refused, but they did agree to pose for a family portrait, which I promised to send them via email.
After our meal, we heard music coming from a clearing on the other side of a patch of trees. Josh recognized it as a Haitian Rara, typically a form of music festival that takes the form of a procession and happens during Easter Week. Upon closer inspection we realized if was more of an impromptu jam session with about 15 musicians playing drums, cow bells, blocks, and horns made from PVC pipe and funnels. The songs where rhythmic and hypnotic and went on for ten minutes or more. The gathering of people who surrounded the “band” looked on while smoking, dancing, joining in with singing and clapping.
The sun was quickly setting. As I was shooting a portrait of Josh on his bike, a group of children came over and asked me to photograph them, which I did. They were so delighted by the process, the two oldest (girl and the boy) took a turn taking photos, with a quick instruction on how to do it. The whole experience was quite inspiring and was a great finale to one of the best weekends I’ve had in my life.
And when the kids took over.
All images made with the Fujifilm X-Pro1 and the 27mm pancake lens.