When it comes to hurricane activity, the year 2017 will most certainly be one for the history books. It is hard to escape news of hurricanes that have hit, hurricanes that are currently striking and hurricanes that are forming. Five storms have already hit land, claiming hundreds of lives and leaving behind profound damage. We lived through Hurricane Irma in Central Florida, but fortunately for us it was between a category 1 and 2 when it passed by us.
One of the places that has been hit the hardest and most repeatedly is the Caribbean. Dominica, Barbuda, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Cuba
have all seen the wrath of two back to back major hurricanes (Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria). These areas have been devastated and it is clear that it will take much time for them to become what they once were.
My job, as a commercial photographer, has taken me to many of these Caribbean places. In recent years I have photographed many hotels and resorts on these islands. I have seen, first hand, the marvelous beauty and splendor these islands have to offer. I have also had the honor and pleasure to work with people from all walks of life on these different islands. It is beyond sad that these dynamic people are now faced with such harsh realities and must rebuild so much that was lost.
Many of these Islands which were once the bustling beckon for tourists, have now been pushed backwards into a deserted primitive state. All of these islands depend on tourism. Tourism is essential to their way of life and it is imperative they get back to normal quickly. Ideally it would be incredible if they could come back bigger and better than they were before the storms.
Thankfully much is being done, locally, regionally and internationally to help rebuild the islands of the Caribbean. As an island resident himself, Sir Richard Branson has stepped up to provide aid for the islands which he loves. “We will support the efforts on the ground and provide assistance as those affected start to recover. We need to raise as much money as possible to help those in urgent need,” Branson wrote.
#Repost @richardbranson (@get_repost) Donation link is in the bio. ・・・ Hurricane Irma has left behind a trail of unimaginable destruction. As Kate Winslet reminds the world in @robsorrentifilm’s haunting video, there’s a momentous task ahead restoring the BVI. People need help rebuilding their lives and there is an immediate and critical need for food, water and shelter. Please take the time to share this video and donate what you can @virginunite virg.in/irmabvi
The images of the destruction on the islands, shown in the news, may be off-putting to some tourists, but hopefully with tailored marketing efforts, travelers will see the positive features of the Caribbean. The features that I once saw, first hand, and plan to see in the future. We, at Winter Park Photography, hope to be a part of this positive effort. We hope to, in some way, shine a much needed light on the fabulous islands of the Caribbean.
In late November/early December, we will be returning to the Caribbean for a hotel photo shoot in St. Kitts and additionally in Antigua. It should be a great experience and we are truly looking forward to getting back to work in the Caribbean.