Book Cover Artwork – Kelly Jo Photography

The Empire Cinema lives once more

What a wonderful thing.  I’m so excited and in awe of how fate works.  An author over in America is having his book published and was looking for an image for his front cover.  The image of my beloved Empire Cinema in Bridgetown, Barbados, came to his attention and he immediately wanted it for the book.  Today I have ceremoniously handed the image over to the publisher and off it goes….all ready to be famous.  The book is to be published in July and when I manage to acquire a copy I shall of course be showing it off to all and sundry.  Here’s the image which featured in a earlier post all about the precious, hauntingly beautiful Empire.

The Empire Cinema, Barbados

HDR Photography Project – a sneak preview

The Empire Cinema, Bridgetown, Barbados.

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I’ve been working on a project for the past year and breaking from my norm.  It’s still in progress and I’m building up a body of work that’s going to be released to the world perhaps next year.  But I wanted to give you a sample of what to expect.  The images are HDR photography (High Dynamic Range) and I layer 5 identical images together taken at different exposures.  The result is very dramatic.  To add to this I’m obsessed with derelict buildings and this type of photography works rather well in such places. Textures, shadows, light and colours I find are rich and unique in these haunting, eerie, bewitching places. I’ve been lucky enough to explore and photograph such locations both at home and overseas.  Let’s start off with this one…the Empire Cinema in Bridgetown, Barbados. It started life as a theatre back in 1907 and was closed in the 1970s.  It’s in a terrible state of repair but still so beautiful and hopefully it will be restored one day. Please let me know what you think!