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OAS/GNT Sustainable Heritage Endorsement Programme

PHOTOVOICE PROMPT #2: The Only Things Tourists See

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

Palm tree (extremely tall)                          Slope

Height                                                       Semi-forest

Mist                                                          Life stages (shades of green)

Dense greenery                                         Heliconia tree

Color gradient                                           Darkness

Wetland (where mist meets land)                   Variety of growth (low, medium, high)

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

I took this photo because palm trees attract tourists.

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

What is really happening here is centeredness and solitude, qualities that awake serenity. So, too, contrast and complementary traits are evident as is seen in the area where the mist (water and gas) meets the land (soil and rocks) and distinction is displayed in the different shades of bright, medium, and dark shades of green as well as dissimilarity and similarity is conveyed in the variety of low, medium, and high growth. Even more telling is the extreme height of the palm tree that is in sharp contrast to the low vegetation that is lounging at the base of the palm tree as if they were servants waiting to serve their master—the elevated palm tree. Consider then, that the photo’s title “Higher Height” implies that Grenada is taking the high road like an eagle soaring high in the sky or that Grenada believes that its ways of life are more outstanding compared to other people’s ways of doing things. By extension, feelings of superiority naturally invoke the superiority-inferiority complex that can derail relationships, if one is not careful. Alternately, the connotation of higher heights may be a way of warning Grenada to be more realistic in regards to its cultural, social, and economic objectives. In other words, and in some instances, Grenada might need to climb down its proverbial ladder of lofty ambitions or uncompromising views. Altogether, the concept of difference or contrast expresses an inherent need for balance or harmony as well as it expresses Grenada’s cultural ability to hold differing views simultaneously. Like a harbor or seaport that houses different of ships and boats, so, too, the idea of showcasing contrast speaks to art and skill of diversity at its best. On the other hand, the palm tree is illustrative of pure elegance, sharp posture, and steadfast individuality, which also mirrors Grenada’s sense of uniqueness in that both the palm tree and the island-nation are seen as standing apart from the crowd. Alternatively, even in its erected stance of being centered (or focused) in its privacy (or solitude), the palm tree harbors a desire for companionship.

PHOTO Title: Higher Heights

Photograph Location: Belvidere, St. John’s

Photographer: Amellia Williams

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