Personal blog of Derek and Margaret, now living in Dominica, W.I., founders of Ozone Zone – an Independent Canadian book publisher specializing in coffee table books of architectural treasures and lush gardens. We also promote fine artistic photography. This blog contains unofficial reports and comments from our various trips, photo sessions and jobs – an unofficial scrapbook of our travels, explorations and photo-related work. See “about” for more.

Archive for September, 2010

First review… Exotic Gardens of the Eastern Caribbean

Our new book Exotic Gardens of the Eastern Caribbean is out, and soon we will see lots of review and features in various magazines and blogs. Still, it is always nice to see the first one – and it was published quickly on a syndicate blog…

I will soon post a sneak-peak from our next book. Stay tuned!
regards to all

GIVEAWAY – FREE Caribbean wall calendar 2011

In one of previous posts I mentioned that when our shipment of books and calendars will arrive, we will organize some giveaways. Well, they are here – so now is the time to keep the promise and do it.

We start with a giveaway of a FREE Calendar Caribbean Highlights – Barbados. Fine quality, 12×12 inches sized wall calendar, printed as an exclusive Limited Edition of 1000, awaits here for the lucky winner. It can be also ordered on Amazon – and they will go quickly. 500 copies were already shipped to shops in Barbados alone!
This calendar features 14 full size photographs of fine places and gardens in Barbados, and if you happen to know our book Tropical Homes of the Eastern Caribbean ,  then I don’t need to explain how really high quality this calendar it is. You would know by now than we are very picky ourselves, and care about every smallest detail.
So, it will look great on your wall – or will make a beautiful gift to someone deserving your nice gesture. (Calendars are great for Christmas gifts, and it is coming soon!)

To enter this giveaway please subscribe, and leave a comment here. To double your entry – “share” it, or “like” it.
And then, please check back on 30th of October . This is the day when we will randomly pick a winner – posting the winner on this blog.

This giveaway is open to all countries – if you win, we will ship it to you even if you are on another side of the globe! Best of luck and thank you for your interest! And, check back to see future giveaways and news too.

In Memory of Lord Glenconner. The Man we Remember.

Lord Glenconner, known to his friends as Collin Tenant, died on 27th of August 2010. He was 83.
Called by many The Father of Caribbean Tourism, he lived a very colorful life. From the purchase, creation of its fame and then – sale of the exclusive Mustique island, to forming the amazing Jalousie Plantation (now known as Sugar Beach) in St Lucia – his whole life is worthy a movie script. He had vivid plans for the future, already creating his next fine projects.

There is lots of official information about him on Internet, specially in British papers, now after he passed away. Therefore we just would like to add a few personal comments.

We met Lord Glenconner in March 2010 in his blue temple-like home in St Lucia.
As for the last 25 years he was working on his dream projects in close collaboration with a brilliant Caribbean architect Lane Pettigrew (who is the subject of our next, upcoming book), Lord Glenconner offered Margaret an interview, which was really extensive, lasting for two days.
He also dictated Preface for our book, commenting on beginnings of Caribbean tourism and working with Lane. During this interview I was allowed to photograph him and his rooms, and we believe that both this interview and photographs are his last he agreed to.

We were just planning to meet him again in couple of weeks time for more talk, when we learned of his death. Despite many controversial opinions, he presented himself to us as a witty, very sharp person, and a real gentleman with impeccable manners. We are honoured to include his Preface in our next book “The Caribbean Architect”, to know him personally, and we believe that with his death St Lucia and the whole Caribbean region lost a living legend, a colorful and remarkable personality on a grand scale, and a determined activist trying to make the Caribbean islands a known and treasured destination on the map of the World.

Photos: Lord Glenconner in his home in St. Lucia during interview with Margaret Gajek (art historian, researcher, writer), and Lord Glenconner with Lane Pettigrew (acclaimed Caribbean architect).
Please, no usage of photos without written authorization.
Thank you!

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