St Nicholas Abbey is an old sugar plantation house located in the parish of Saint Peter on the Caribbean island of Barbados that dates from the mid seventeenth century.
Since my picture was taken nearly thirty years ago, the property has been acquired by new owners, who have carried out extensive renovations. It is also possible to visit a rum distillery on the property, which I don't think was the case at the time of my visit.
For a view of the house as it now appears and an idea of its history, please click here. You will be taken to the Abbey's web site.
The original picture was taken on slide film. It has been digitised and cleaned up as far as possible using Photoshop. Apologies for any remaining imperfections.
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Noel_Byrne (20694) 2014-02-03 0:42
Thats a beautiful house, its symmetry and the symmetry of your shot are very appealing, especially as the building is surrounded on all sides by such lush verdant plant life. The colors of grey and red look beautiful among the green and blue natural colors. A really nice view of this old house. The path leads in so well too, gives great depth.
subhendu_bagchi (25243) 2014-02-03 1:05
a beautiful church here and you presented it superbly with great depth and clarity. Another very good architecture shot. Tfs.
timecapturer (45107) 2014-02-03 2:14
a fascinating look back in time shot, and a beautiful image of this old homestead. Looks wonderful and I do hope the renovations have not altered the style and elegance too much. That would be a real shame.
Have a good week - B.
delpeoples (52445) 2014-02-03 2:51
Salut cher Stephen
Another beauty that's certainly stood the test of time, even after its 30th birthday. The symmetry is spot on, the colours have lasted well and the addition of the man is an interesting and essential addition.
tyro (18564) 2014-02-03 3:31
You have given us a very interesting and informative note and also a very fine photograph by way of illustration.
Your photograph has survived its 30 years exceedingly well and this is a fine scan of it too. Your composition is excellent and the man in bright red trousers is a welcome inclusion, really leading the eye to the doorway and holding the whole composition together very effectively. Good lead-in lines from the edges of the wide driveway.
P.S. If I have any negative comment to make, it is that the picture looks just a little "soft". I hope you won't take offence, but I've done a quick workshop for you to see if I could improve matters a little. I'm not sure that it's helped very much - see what you think!
Royaldevon (26449) 2014-02-03 3:43
Another fine shot from your archives.
This just shows the importance of photographs, from a historical sense.
A lovely symmetrical composition and one which captures the mood of the time. How fortunate that the figure was wearing red pants, he makes a vibrant focal point.
Have a great day,
Fis2 (81844) 2014-02-03 4:26
Good POV and colors.
Nicely photo from your archive.
Have a nice afternoon
Sergiom (54377) 2014-02-03 5:23
Déjà 30 ans que cette photo fut prise. C'était l'époque glorieuse des diapositives. Le temps à fait son oeuvre sur celle-ci. Les couleurs sont très délavées.Par contre l'endroit est beau.
Nicou (116170) 2014-02-03 7:30
quel les tons sont doux quelle abbaye sueprbe une très vielle bâtisse sueprbe cette allée avec le personnage ces formes sur la facade ce gris et ce rouge splendide.
Bravo et amitié
tedesse (25045) 2014-02-03 8:20
Fantastic photo of this charming home!
I see that the new owners cherishes the old building.
jemaflor (80616) 2014-02-03 8:58
Interesting tropical architecture well taken from an interesting pov, Well composed, nice light and colors for an old shot.
ikeharel (52181) 2014-02-03 9:51
Good evening Stephen,
Marvelous view on the facade of the colonial villa, surrounded by pal,m trees and other trees in green.
Red roof tiles and grey walls mingle beautifully.
The lone person added life factor to the whole.
gildasjan (40796) 2014-02-03 10:16
L'époque argentique resurgit.Nous avons plein de trésors que maintenant il faut scanner pour les publier.Beau rendu des couleurs.Une sous-exposition en post traitement aurait toutefois donné un peu plus de contraste.
jurek1951 (40949) 2014-02-03 10:21
a very spectacular photo of this picturesque view, the composition is superb, great architectural details and the POV is excellent,
carlo62 (27512) 2014-02-03 15:01
l'architettura è molto particolare e gli anni la rendono ancora più affascinante.
Interessante la presenza dell'uomo, anche se molto lontano, si nota l'abbigliamento tipico degli anni '80.
trevormoffiet (2402) 2014-02-03 17:24
An excellent composition that perfectly captures the tropical vegetation and the facade architecture of the 17th century Abbey. The person in the doorway and the person on the avenue walking away from the Abbey are nice inclusions. The blue sky in this image is a bit more realistic compared to some of the other scanned images. Having no idea of what the original slides look like I have no idea whether the scanning faithfully reproduces the original sky colour of the slide or whether the scanning process has an effect on the colour. Other colours seem OK.
Sonata11 (33151) 2014-02-03 21:22
very beautiful capture of this scene and architecture. Beautifully composed and executed image. I love it a lot. Best regards, Barbara
batalay (34715) 2014-02-03 22:40
Good morning Stephen,
The 30-year old photo and the link you provide give a useful but of history. In visiting the South Pacific in January we visited Pitcairn Island, and saw the descendants of the mutineers. Of course, the saga was that of the mutiny on the HMS Bounty. The Bounty had been commissioned to sail to Tahiti, and "bread fruit" that would provide nutritious food to feed the slaves engaged in the production of molasses in the Caribbean.
RhodieIke (11512) 2014-02-03 22:49
The colours and mood of this super image of this great building in Barbados gives it a HDR, feel.
Very interesting and seeing it here and now, and via the web. link, when it has been restored and opened up more to the public and they make Rum, wow.
You must reminisce when you view all your slides and prints from the past. We certainly view with envy all the places you have travelled.
We a sunshine here last few days but all change tonight more gales and rain, wonderful, NOT.
fabbs99 (15681) 2014-02-03 23:11
Excellent shot of the St Nicolas Abbey.Nice colors and sharpness.Very well done.TFS.
npecanhuk (60816) 2014-02-04 1:08
Attractive picture putting us into that place most of us don't know!
Good quality for an old slide!
I like the symmetric composition, chosen pov and colors!
pierrefonds (54890) 2014-02-04 13:34
La longueur de l'allée donne de la profondeur à la composition. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs de l'architecture de l'abbaye Saint-Nicolas. La lumière a un bel effet sur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.
macjake (52014) 2014-02-04 21:50
wow! what a difference in the 2 photos showing the new house in its present condition!
It looks fantastic.
its easy to enjoy these scanned images, and this one is right up there.
thanks for these 2 photos.
Gigidusud (13235) 2014-02-05 5:45
Beautiful photo of this splendid architecture with a great framing and nice symmetry.
I like the calm atmosphere and the pastel tones. Love it!
ourania (26280) 2014-03-01 8:40
this picture is interesting and delightful, I like very much this simple and straightforward composition, the perspective and how the symmetry is challenged by the vegetation. This must have been the setting of a particular daily life and probably of a lot of drama too in the past. I like the colours and atmosphere produced by the old slide, the human presence adds vividness and somehow connects us with this view. Congratulations and thank you! John's treatment has rendered the photo even more lively, the definition he achieved is amazing.
All the best, have a lovely month,