Charles Farrington

This picture of Charles Farrington was taken right after his portrait session for the Bahamian Project. The final portrait images will be unveiled at the Exhibition Opening at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas on July 11, 2013.

“I am obsessed with gardening and tennis!”

This is what Charles Farrington has written about himself on his Facebook page.

According to those who know him it is absolutely true. Charles loves all things Bahamian – music, food, culture, and especially the flora and fauna.

His garden is a marvelous sight. “It is just a hobby, a passion,” he says. He brought with him several plants and a few gardening tools that we could consider for inclusion in the photograph.

“Just a small sampling,” he said as we carried a variety of lush flowering plants and some leafy long-stemmed things into the studio. He brought an orchid, a rose and even a little Bonsai tree.

He is a backyard gardener and he has turned his garden into a sanctuary that few who enter would ever want to leave. That includes the many little creatures for whom Charles has unwittingly provided a home, seemingly to his delight.

Charles comes from a family rooted in the Bahamas for many generations and with a background in Bahamian politics. Before his retirement Charles was involved in the tourism industry for many years.

“He is my idea of a true-true Bahamian,” said his daughter.

Photos of the garden, courtesy of Charles Farrington