OAS/GNT Sustainable Heritage Endorsement Programme

PHOTOVOICE PROMPT #6: Grenada's Future

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

A little boys   –   Grey concrete step

 

Digital tablets   –    Part on the scalp

 

Reflection (of finger)s   –    Powder on neck

 

Mohawk hairstyle s   –   Bowed head

 

Green t-shirt s   –   Sandals

 

Khaki pants s   –   Toes

 

Head s   –   Left ear

 

Knees   –   Black/white/red

 

Brown skin

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

This image shows that from the time children are born, and during their most informative years, they become in-sync with digital devices in a short period of time. I find that this NuGen digital uploading phenomenon is a widespread issue that is not necessarily a problem, but a social, cultural, and economical asset not only to the global world, but to Grenada as well.

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

The themes of focus and concentration are central to this “NuGen: Digital Upload: #LoadingGrenadaNuGen”. This hash tag characterizes both distant education (as in online courses) and increased creativity regarding Grenada’s upcoming generations. And although some, if not all, older Grenadians disengage from the seductive appeal of technological devices, some of them choose to engage in the ventures and delights of what the high-tech world has to offer in terms of global business connections (such as LinkedIn) and social media (like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram), thus bridging the generation gaps of the past (themselves), the present (the gadgets), and the future (the new generations). This cultural revolution might also be symbolic of an agricultural dead-end, because most, if not all Grenadians interact with digital gadgets, which means that they might not be paying too much attention to farming, on a large-scale, anymore, as they did in the past. To a large extent, and similar to the connotation of the crystal ball in the “Gadgets Invasion” photo, so too, this square crystal ball (a tablet) is attractive to one type of future (a 4-year- old Grenadian boy) looking at a present-future reflection of his pointed finger in a tablet screen that foretells not just his future, but that of his peers’ early education and premature career development that equates to setting up the foundation for Grenada’s technological future. Finally, the “NuGen: Digital Upload: #LoadingGrenadaNuGen” photograph may be synonymous with the contradictory ideas that the 4-year- old boy (who as a representative of Grenada) might either be in a good or a bad place, depending on what website he is engaged with, as he tries to consume whatever life has to offer.

PHOTO Title: NuGen: Digital Upload: #LoadingGrenadaNuGen

Photograph Location: Clozier, St. John’s

Photographer: Amellia Williams

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