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PHOTOVOICE PROMPT #3: The Things Tourists Never See

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

Beautiful donkey grazing                          Banana shrubs

A juper (or small shed)                             Brown soil

Yellow banana leaves                                Nutmeg tree

Cristophine vine                                       Tree trunks

Dry bamboo shot                                      Sugar cane

Long rope                                                  Slight slope

Tannia plants

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

The purpose of the “Donkey Weed Eater” photo basically shows tourists that there is more to Grenada than what at first meets the eyes. Also, the image reveals to tourists that Grenada still uses non-technical agricultural practices in that animals such as donkeys are intricately involved in husbandry (or local farming) as well as visitors see for themselves how some of their foods are grown.

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

The “Donkey Weed Eater” photograph is associated with modern agricultural innovation or alternative farming that is derived from Grenada’s traditional forms of cultivation. Even so, hope is entrenched in Grenada’s use of traditional practices that are strong and reliable (as the donkey) instead of chasing after and imitating other foreign methods like mechanical tools to extract weeds that are the symbolic representations of foreign cultures. At the basic level, the donkey is presented as a form of weed control, while its fecal waste serves as fertilizer for the soil that refers to the prospects of Grenada’s agricultural and economic growths. In other words, the donkey’s manure signifies soil fertility that has produced a wide variety of plants such as banana shrubs, nutmeg trees, tannia plants, cristophine vines, sugar cane, and bamboo trees. The well-fed donkey indicates that Grenada is on its way to being a healthier island-nation as it moves up the social ladder that is represented by the gentle slope in the photo. Furthermore, the donkey as a weed eater relates to Grenada’s preparation for organic production in that the donkey eats the weeds, digests and processes them, and eliminates them as waste (manure) that fertilizes the soil. More so, the rope in the donkey’s neck suggests restriction that extends outside of the image itself. This unseen connotation is analogous to either invisible influences or external stimuli that can positively or negatively affect Grenada’s livelihood in the present and in the future. More importantly, the small shelter in the upper background of the “Donkey Weed Eater” photo conveys cultural protection or overhead security that implies that someone is looking over Grenada’s        well-being. Also, the bamboo predicts Grenada’s good luck, its durability, and its eventual success.

 

PHOTO Title: Donkey Weed Eater

Photograph Location: Fraser, St. Andrew’s

Photographer: Joan Charles

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