OAS/GNT Sustainable Heritage Endorsement Programme

PHOTOVOICE PROMPT #6: Grenada's Future

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

Orange tank top                   Shade house                      Filtered sunlight

 

Red pants                                 Metal frame                       Variety of flowers

 

White peace lilies                White PVC pipe               Shades of green

 

Smart phone                           Black                                      Ferns

 

Beauty                                       Anthoriums                       Green house

 

White string on pants      Black cables                        Arched metal frame

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

This photo states that the youths are the future leaders of agriculture in Grenada. Additionally, the “Agri-Tech: Floral Connection” image asserts that we can use modern devices such as smart phones and tablets as tools to enhance or improve Grenada’s agricultural approaches. In other words, Grenada needs to infuse some new things into the old ways of life, being that culture is an inclusive, dynamic entity.

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

Diversity within Grenada’s landscape is seen amongst the colors of red, white, and pink peace lilies’ flowers that are evident in the photograph: “Agri-Tech: Floral Connection”. As was mentioned in an earlier discussion, diversity, in general, symbolizes inclusion. But what does diversity mean for Grenada in the 21 st century in this image? Multiplicity suggests that Grenada does not pride itself in conforming to one set of standards in regards to its cultural or socio-economic spheres. But rather diversity (that is displayed in the “Agri-Tech: Floral Connection” picture) asserts that Grenada prides itself on being a melting pot of ideas and cultures that, on the other hand, signifies the island’s sense of unity—that shows Grenada’s sense of community. Surely, and to a certain extent, diversity allows Grenada to break free from certain types of cultural constraints that other countries like the U.S. grapple with, issues such as racial discrimination and racial assault. Even more, the greenhouse represents Grenada’s focus in terms of providing shelter and protection for agricultural endeavors, which by extension reveals that as a caregiver and provider, Grenada is protective of both its diverse peoples and its cultures. Moreover, with metals there is an emphasis on Grenada’s financial success and its protective support. Whereas arched metals imply flexibility in reference to Grenada’s cultural, social, and economic realms, spheres that are associated with the creation of new thoughts or ideas. On the other hand, excessive amounts of metals is related to Grenada’s recklessness and haste in making certain deals that only benefit some, but not all, Grenadians, which is a problem that exists in every island and country in the world. More importantly, technology (as in the smartphone in the photo) acts as a boost to keep Grenada’s agricultural industry up-to- date on the local, regional, and international scenes. As well as technical advances are symbolic of cultural networking that can result in increased social interactions between Grenadian farmers and the rest of the world that might eventually lead to the development of financial relationships in the present as well as in the future. And last, but not least, the contrast of dark green versus medium green in the greenhouse infers that Grenada operates from different levels of maturity that is also evident in the mixtures of colors and flowers and plants that altogether evoke the continuation of, Grenada’s culture and its livelihood.

PHOTO Title: Agri-Tech: Floral Connection

Photograph Location: Belvidere, St. John’s

Photographer: Iva Williams

 

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