OAS/GNT Sustainable Heritage Endorsement ProgrammePHOTOVOICE PROMPT #6: Grenada's Future
What do you see here? (Addressed to the whole group)
Escavator – Soil (mud) – Green/yellow
Bridge-in- the-making – Wood (pieces) – Old pan barrel
Carved-out, manmade bank – Roller “Ramer” Compactor – Clothing
Green shrubs – Bois Canoe tree – Black/orange
Banana shrub – Concrete – Stones
Plastic – Construction site – Grey/brown
Bamboo – Roadway/path
Why did you take this photo? (Addressed to the photographer)
This photo was taken to show that we can bridge the gap culturally. We can cross over from the old side to the new. This Feeder Road project will give us, especially the farmers, better access to farmlands and from the land to the market from St. John’s to St. Andrew’s. This is a historic road and a shorter route. With this bridge infrastructure, the surrounding areas’ economies will increase both in the present and the future. In terms of the bridge’s cultural influence, the project is cost-effective not only for tourists, but also for local Grenadians. Eventually, this pathway/bridge will also be a famous road for moonlight walks.
What is really happening here? (Addressed to the whole group—alternatively what does the photograph represent?)
It might be safe to say that the construction of the new bridge that links St. John’s to St. Andrews can be seen as the concept of the present (moment) itself as a form of connection between the past and the future with the aim of increasing productivity in more ways than one (as was already mentioned above). Ultimately, this bridge will serve as a lasting foundation of a fulfilled promise as it creates new journeys for Grenada, its inhabitants, and its visitors in the form of fuel efficiency due to a shortcut, which makes it a convenient route for local, regional, and international travellers, employers, employees, and farmers. In order words, the bridge serves as a diverse support system. With the completion of the bridge, Grenada should expect to see a reasonable shift in the amount of tourists who pass through the Bull Hill area to balance the economic ventures that already pre-exist in Belvidere, St. John’s. To a certain extent, the bridge itself is symbolic of fertility in that although it is a social construct, it paves the way for some of Grenada’s culturally enriching agricultural crops such as bananas, yams, dasheens, and other local produces to be planted, harvested, transported, and sold as well as the bridge is representative of a fertile womb or active portal that gives birth to cultural, social, and economic endeavors.
PHOTO Title: Crossing the Pits: Bridges Not Walls
Photograph Location: “Bull Hill”, St. John’s
Photographer: Horace George