Toothless man
By far my favourite of the faces was a man I found in the market in Montego Bay

The Faces of Jamaica

There is no denying that the people of Jamaica are among the most colourful in the world.  It’s not only in their look, but also in their personalities.  

Jamaicans, for the most part, are eccentric, outgoing, curious and very friendly.  To top it all off you’d be hard pressed to find a Jamaican that doesn’t have an interesting hairdo, colourful clothing and an infectious smile to go along with that great personality.  

Portraits of Jamaicans

Over the past couple of months I’ve made it a goal to start taking more profiles and photos of the people in each location I travel.  I realized that this was the largest aspect of my photography missing so far, and what better descriptor of a country is there than the people?  I don’t carry any fancy flash system with me, I like the way natural light, shadows, and light glares adds to the images.  For me it gives the image a much more raw look.

During my week in Jamaica, I made capturing the colourful faces of the people a priority.  I’ll be honest in saying that getting photos of people is always a bit of a matter of nervousness for me.  My shy side comes out when I try to ask people for photos of them, but I am improving and I think that the number of photos I got in my “Faces of Jamaica” series proves that my courage is growing.  

For the record, unless the person photographed is a performer, or someone I know personally, I always ask them if they mind I photograph them before snapping away.  I hope you enjoy these photos of the people of Jamaica.  I’d love to hear your thoughts of the images.  How do you approach someone you want to photograph?  Which one of these images is your favourite?

A drummer before he performs.
A guide is silhouetted at the Rose Hall Great House.
A carpenter relaxing near the kitchen of Scotchies Restaurant.
A dancer performing at the RIU hotel in Negril.
A guitarist plays for us as we eat at the RIU Montego Bay.
Toothless man
By far my favourite of the faces was a man I found in the market in Montego Bay.
Boat Captain
The Boat Captain of our Catamaran Cruise in Montego Bay.
Our waitress at scotchies was not a jerk, but the food was jerk.
Our tour leader, and overall good dude, Jerron.
White dreads
My dude again, this time watching the performance at the market.
Jamaican Dancer
A dancer back at the resort.

Tips for Taking Photos on Vacation in Jamaica?

My biggest tip is to get off the resort. There are so many amazing faces in Jamaica and the people are just great to chat with – even without getting photos. The resort will limit your interactions with people, and reduce the amount of authentic images you get on your trip.