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PHOTOVOICE PROMPT #3: The Things Tourists Never See

What do you see here? (Addressed to the whole group)

Ripe bananas                                                         Weeds

Shadows (of two persons)                                  Dead leaves

Flower                                                                   Sunlight

Green, red, yellow (national colors)                 Half-ripe bananas

Grass                                                                     Life stages

Why did you take this photo? (Addressed to the photographer)

The basic motive behind this photograph is to show that bananas can ripen with spoilage, which is emblematic of Grenada’s maturity level despite ongoing problems in terms of economic, social, and cultural arenas.

What is really happening here? (Addressed to the whole group—alternatively what does the photograph represent?)

Regarding this “Punch of Potassium” image the banana has, almost, always had Grenada’s back, so to speak, in terms of the income it provides as an export crop. Banana represents country life or island life. It has been, for a long time, the very backbone of Grenada’s social and economic affairs in regards to sustenance and revenue. More so, the consumption of banana is a natural, healthy choice for Grenadians and those who import and consume banana. Like the warmth that sunlight spreads, so too, a ripe banana offers those who indulge in its soft, sweetness a certain sense of comfort or well-being from its punch of potassium that helps to regulate water in the body (similar to the role of the moon) and to ward off certain diseases such as high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases. To a certain extent, and as a matter of extension, the banana shares two traits with the moon: the regulation of water and the crescent (or curved) shape. What is more is that the banana can be seen as a symbol of checks-and-balances (which alludes to the adage: no health no wealth). That is to say that the photo of the bananas conveys the need for Grenada to truthfully address the fulfillment of its wealth as well as its health issues.

PHOTO Title: A Punch of Potassium

Photograph Location: Upper St. John’s, St. Andrew

Photographer: Amellia Williams

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