DELRAY BEACH – David I. Muir has taken a lot of pictures. But nostalgia pushed him to take special images of his native Jamaica. Those pictures culminated into his recently published coffee-table book Pieces of Jamaica: The Real Rock Edition.
“I started taking the photos in 2008,” Muir said. “I did it because I missed the images of Jamaica from my everyday life.”
He shared the book with Palm Beach County at a book-signing event Dec. 11 at the Spady Cultural Museum in Delray Beach. The event was attended by a lively audience who purchased copies of the keepsake book, which contains more than 100 photographs of Jamaica.
At the same time, a variety of performing and visual artists entertained the guests.
“Pieces of Jamaica is an incredible journey of Jamaica through David Muir’s eyes, said event producer Sophia Nelson of the Mosaic Group. “What I found fascinating is the fact that he captured Jamaica the way I would want to see it – in its raw, natural beauty. You can tell it was a labor of love. I congratulate him on a job well done.”
Guests poured into the museum and gathered around to receive their signed copies of the book that is filled with unique and authentic images of Jamaica.
“The images in the book represent my view of the Jamaican people and culture as I experienced it during life there,” Muir said. “I wanted to compile images which showcase the essence of the country and to resonate my pride regarding our positive attributes.”
Muir who was raised in Kingston, Jamaica is now based in South Florida and is a well-known commercial photographer who operates the business, DAVIDiPhoto Inc.
His love affair with photography began in the early 1980s when he would take his father’s camera to school and capture images of campus life in Kingston. Fast-forward 20-plus years and Muir’s passion has earned his business “the most customer service friendly business” by the Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2011.
His photographs have appeared in print media, web publications, juried art contests and featured in both group and solo fine art exhibitions. His portraits of the Miami Foster Care Children have been a part of the Miami Heart Gallery Traveling Show.