OAS/GNT Sustainable Heritage Endorsement Programme

PHOTOVOICE PROMPT #6: Grenada's Future

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

Young, green banana     –    Black & white sign

Flower pot     –     A person saturated by light

Green watering can     –     Piece of brick

White letters     –     Wall

Black background      –    Blue barrel

Yellow banana      –    Optical illusion

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

The image was taken to demonstrate that even though we have a fallen banana, we can still rise up again. The future (culturally and economically) looks good for banana even though local agricultural efforts in terms of communal involvement need to be improved for the majority of Grenada’s bananas to survive.

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

Promoting bananas as in putting them on (public) display projects Grenada’s sense of stability concerning food security as well as it implies that Grenada is trying to find ways to help itself, to advertise what it has to offer locally, regionally, and internationally. Still yet, the promotion of bananas indicates instability that is associated with food insecurity as in growing, buying, and consuming food simply to survive. Even so, when instability is coupled with survival mode together they evoke Grenada’s vulnerability pertaining to the act of rebounding from one relationship (perhaps of food security) to another (to that of food insecurity). Another message that the “Banana Rebound” photo sends is that Grenada’s local produce (banana) is better than imported or processed foods—health-wise or otherwise—and it reveals Grenada’s self-reliance. Moreover, the green bananas suggest success, abundance, and expansion or growth. In addition, the black and white sign to the right of the bananas refers to Grenada’s sense of identity and it symbolizes Grenada’s ambitious nature by drawing positive attention to itself and its products. Besides, the wall pillar symbolizes support and the green watering can conveys life source, purity, and cultivation.

PHOTO Title: Banana Rebound

Photograph Location: Clozier, St. John’s

Photographer: Iva Williams

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