OAS/GNT Sustainable Heritage Endorsement Programme

PHOTOVOICE PROMPT #4: This is not the Grenada I once Knew

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

Long jetty                    Buoy                    Yellow/brown

Short jetty                    Wire fence                    People

Loose stone barrier                    Rooftops                    Blue

Caribbean Ocean                    Galvanize                    White/beige

Lone vessel in the sea                    Car park                    Squares

Expansive sea                    Buildings                    Rectangles

Dim horizon                    Orange                    Trees

Parked vehicles                    Electric lines                    Canon (mouth)

Ancient walls                    Gray pavements                    Ambulance

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

I snapped the photo to show that this Esplanade Cruise Ship Port is another new development  in St. George’s, Grenada. And as such, there is potential for positive development that  equates to more jobs for Grenadians, especially income for taxi drivers and local vendors  near the cruise port. In regards to the PhotoVoice prompt that requested images of this is not the Grenada I once knew, the younger generations do not know what Grenada originally  looked like.

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

With the existence of the Esplanade Cruise Ship Port, cultural and economic exploitations seem to benefit mostly the large foreign companies and the tourists, but the local taxis and vendors are left out of the financial loop. Concerning copycat-ism, Grenada sees other countries’ cultures as new ventures to undertake. As per Angela Labrador’s advice on 8/11/15, here is the brief list of symbolic representations in “Expansion”:

Cultural/economic exploitation benefits tourists and foreign companies, not local taxis, vendors, and businesses;

Grenada is a habitual copycat: it sees other countries cultures and adopts them as its own;

Defense: canon; stone barriers near the sea;

Electrical lines mean support, communication, and connection;

Green trees mean freshness in the middle of economic development in a concrete jungle;

The area is a social lime spot for college and secondary school students;

Culture: foreign exchange is positive; lone ship in the sea: loneliness applies to Grenada’s isolation and economic alienation,

Buoy in the water: consciousness: things become apparent or come to the surface to make known its presence and it also means that Grenada is holding its head up above the troubling waters in regards to its cultural and socio-economic influences.

PHOTO Title: Expansion

Photograph Location: Esplanade Cruise Port, St. George’s

Photographer: Joan Charles