The play of shadow on the wall complements the window.

Curaçao is a colorful place. Literally. Like much of the Caribbean, color is everywhere. Greens. Blues. Reds. In this case, the wall and window in the western hemisphere’s oldest surviving synagogue are a pleasing mix of yellow and brown. For this photograph, the sun was near noon casting the shadow of the wood work. As a result, the image becomes a study in simple lines and angles. Light and dark. Oblique, acute, and square.

This wall is part of a complex that is hundreds of years old, but so is the rest of the city of Willemstad. Unlike some of the other islands nearby, the city has maintained its historic look and feel. It also is economically vibrant with people coming from surrounding islands for its market place. But that’s a story for another photograph on another day.

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James Smith