Interview with Discover Trinidad & Tobago 2013 cover photographer Giancarlo Lalsingh

Got your copy of the 2013 Discover Trinidad & Tobago yet? If not, as we say in T&T, “Yuh sticking.” If you have, then you know that Giancarlo Lalsingh was the one who photographed the gorgeous scarlet ibis on our cover.

Discover is a great publication put together by a great team of people and I’m proud to be a small part of it,” he told us.

The cover is one of our best yet, and the perfect compliment to the country’s 50th anniversary of independence (aren’t you clever to have noticed the red/white/black theme we had going on!). We sat down with the self-taught photographer to find out more about him: his photography habits, his advice to aspiring photogs and, of course, how he got that close up of Trinidad’s national bird.


Discover 2013 cover


MEP: Your scarlet ibis is so powerful, almost moving. She almost has a mysterious, Mona Lisa look! How did you get the photo?

Giancarlo Lalsingh (GL): I took this photo at the Emperor Valley Zoo in Port of Spain, Trinidad, so it wasn’t that hard to track down the scarlet ibis; there are a few resident at the zoo. Normally they are usually hiding or moving around in their enclosure and don’t stay still for too long, plus the lighting was quite dark.  But after a bit of waiting, one ibis decided to come out from hiding and started preening its feathers and that gave me just enough time to get a couple photos.  The end result was worth it as one of the photos is on the cover of Discover 2013!


MEP: How did you feel when you found out that it had been chosen to be on the cover of Discover 2013?

GL: It’s a great feeling knowing that when people from all over the world pick up a copy of Discover, their very first experience of T&T may well be seeing my photograph.  I’ve had other photos published, but this is my first ever cover photograph in any publication. It is really exciting.

Giancarlo Lalsingh


MEP: What kind of camera do you use?

GL: I started off using a ‘point and shoot’ camera when I first began.  As I developed my skills and became more proficient and confident, I upgraded to a SLR, which is what I use now.  I still keep a point and shoot camera handy, which is what I used to take the cover photo for Discover 2013.


MEP: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done to get a shot?

GL: Hmmm, maybe I’ll share that in my memoirs …maybe?


MEP: Any advice to others aspiring to take an equally stunning Discover cover photo?

GL: Every photographer brings his or her own unique take on the world, so I can only speak from my own experience.  Keep learning and experimenting.  Don’t worry if you don’t have the best or fanciest camera.  Develop your own style.  Photograph what you love and what inspires you.  Chances are it will inspire others as well.


Caroline Taylor

Caroline is an editor and staff writer at MEP. She is also on MEP’s board of directors, and moonlights as an actor, singer, and director. She’s passionate about telling stories – on the page, on the stage, on screen – and in particular about documenting Caribbean lives and events. She’s currently trying to master unplugging from her iLife… For more: Author posts

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