Carnival photographer plans a picture book of Toronto mas’

By Stephen Weir

Venom Carnival Haydon Joseph with Don Moreland

Readers of the Caribbean Camera  are familiar with the carnival pictures of Don Moreland.  The paper has been featuring his pictures of  the launches of both children and adult mas’ bands for Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2018.

Currently, the longtime mas’ photographer is making the rounds of the mas’ camps to elicit support for his new project –a picture book of revellers “on the road” playing mas’ in the Grand Parade on Lakeshore Blvd along Toronto’s waterfront.

He and his team of photographers  plan to work with the eleven mas’ camps taking part in the parade. He wants to make sure that the bands’ presentations are beautifully captured by his cameras as they perform to the throngs of spectators who will be taking in the festival.

With some of the large bands expecting thousands of costumed players to join them, Moreland has his work cut out for him.  Weather concerns, worries about “stormersclosing the parade down and the hassle of getting good sightlines are things that he has dealt with over the years.

“ I am going to put out a 100-page book as soon as I can physically do it after the August 4th grand parade,” he said.

“There are 11 bands and eight  pages of photographs will be

devoted to each band, That’s the plan,” explained Moreland.

“ As well, we will be photographing other festival events.”

Moreland is working closely with the  mas’ camps  and has already supplied them with pictures that he has taken at their launches. He also printed individual banners for each camp, featuring the top models who appeared in their launches.

“I have delivered them to all of the camps so that their revellers will see what I am doing.  A number of the camps have already hung my framed pictures in their showrooms,” said Moreland.

“ It is all about the beauty, the pageantry and the fun,” he remarked.

“I will be taking pictures at the Children’s King and Queen Showcase ( July 15th), and the  Adults’ King and Queen competition ( August 02).

As for the fun? You should see the mas’ camp playing cards and jig saw puzzles I have put together!”.