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PHOTOVOICE PROMPT #6: Grenada's Future

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

Bright pink   –    White/grey

Bandeau top   –    Seams on bedspread

Extreme high heels (with silver studs)   –    Floral bed spread

Short shorts   –    Slight shades

Orange   –    Light pink

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

Going back full circle to the first PhotoVoice prompt: “That’s We Culture”: I want to display in this sixth, and final, PhotoVoice prompt the idea of dressing less, one of Grenada’s current fashion trends, which is the direction that we are moving in, as well as I want to explore the seductive nature of the Grenadian dress less culture.

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

Creativity, reflections of fashion boldness, heels galore, half-nakedness, women’s dress code has been downgraded, adventure, experimenting, giving the appearance of looseness, carnival festival, and less for more are all symptomatic of Grenada’s present “Dress Less” trends as they are represented in the photo. Generally speaking, high heels signify not just glitz and glamor, but sensuality and femininity as well. To those ends, Grenada is associated with the potential to recreate itself on behalf of its cultural and economic affairs. Presenting itself as half-naked implies that Grenada might be feeling lost and is attempting to rediscover itself as well as exposing itself, by dressing with less clothes on, suggests that Grenada is not completely whole in its approach to life, in general. In regards to the women’s dress code being downgraded, it means that Grenada is being pressured to do things that it is uncomfortable with as life is becoming a bit too relaxed. However, the relaxed dress code also reveals that Grenada might want to err on the side of caution in regards to self-discipline. What’s more is that the coupling of adventure and experimentation can give rise to the perception of being loose, which hints that Grenada might need to reassess its hustle and bustle lifestyle or that it should continue to freely express itself as it sees fit. Concerning the issues of carnival festivities, Grenadians are confident in their abilities to out-perform one another, in terms of dress and approach, and they are bound to impress those who visit the island nation with their undying sense of hospitality. And last, but not least, is the idea of less for more and its counterpoint: more for less, which together evoke the notion that most, if not all, Grenadians have grown content with living within their means on a regular basis; while some, but not all, Grenadians feel entitled to receiving more for less effort.

PHOTO Title: Dress Less

Photograph Location: Victoria, St. Mark’s

Photographer: Amellia Williams