A more complete collection of images shot and selected for consideration in the photo essay "The Whip's Crack"
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Shalima Alfred organises the costumes for this year’s band
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Ronaldo Alfred and Andy Grant work on the mirrored detail of the costume
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Some of the potions that the Alfred family has created over the years to treat bruises and fortify courage before the game
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Students of Enterprise Government School learn the craft of the shipmasters.
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Students at Enterprise Government School learn the craft of whip braiding
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Students of Enterprise Government School learn the craft of the shipmasters.
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Students at Enterprise Government School learn the craft of whip braiding
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Winston Alfred, the second generation King of the Whipmasters, and his wife at their Couva home.
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Ronaldo Alfred practices his double whip technique.
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Jab Jab masks await repainting on a worktable at Alfred’s Couva home
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Completed costumes hang at the Alfred's Couva home
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The lash plant, which Alfred dries to weave into the business end of the band’s whips
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The lash plant, which Alfred dries to weave into the business end of the band’s whips
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Fine weaving the tip of the rope whip
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The final stage of the whip preparation is the burning off stray rope fibre
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Andy Grant's injuries from a previous performance.
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Ronald Alfred prepares for a performance before leaving home
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Alfred prepares to apply a homemade salve to the Terrence Roopnarine’s injuries before they prepare for a performance
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Alfred applies a homemade salve to his son before they prepare for a performance
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The band leaves home for a performance
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Ronald Alfred signs the band in for their performance at The Old Yard.
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Players prepare for the band’s appearance at The Old Yard, at UWI
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Ronaldo Alfred (second from left) helps players prepare for the band’s appearance at The Old Yard, at UWI
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Shalima Afred prepares her husband's costume for a performance at The Old Yard.
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Band members pose for a portrait before the band’s performance at The Old Yard
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Young bandmembers rehearse before a performance at The Old Yard.
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Young bandmembers rehearse before a performance at The Old Yard.
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Bandmembers for a perform at The Old Yard.
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Bandmembers for a perform at The Old Yard.
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Bandmembers for a perform at The Old Yard.
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Bandmembers leave after a performance at The Old Yard.
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The original jab jabs leave The Old Yard for another engagement
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The final stage of the whip preparation is the burning off stray rope fibre
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The NCBA identification badges issued to the Alfred family.
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Shalima Alfred prepares the headwear of her son Ronaldo before their performance at Victoria Square.
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Shalima Alfred prepares her husband’s cape. She created this new costume for his 2012 appearances, and it was introduced at the Victoria Square competition
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The Alfred family await their turn to perform at Victoria Square
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Ronald Alfred and his son Ronaldo, perform the game at the Victoria Square Traditional Mas competition
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Ronald Alfred and his son Ronaldo, perform the game at the Victoria Square Traditional Mas competition.
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The Alfred family acknowledge the cheers of the crowd after their performance at Victoria Square
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Shalima Alfred prepares a masquerader for the Picadilly Street parade.
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Ronaldo Alfred takes a photo of the band’s masqueraders
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Ronald Alfred leads his band on the Sunday morning parade from Picadilly Square
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The Original Jab Jabs perform on Carnival Tuesday, Queen's Park Savannah.
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The Original Jab Jabs perform on Carnival Tuesday, Queen's Park Savannah.
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The Original Jab Jabs perform on Carnival Tuesday, Queen's Park Savannah.
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