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PHOTOVOICE PROMPT #3: The Things Tourists Never See

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

A hut/pump house            Nutmeg trees               Green variations          Chlorine bucket

Electric meter                    Bright sunshine           Blue, white, grey         Nail heads                  

“No trespassing” sign       Shadow                       Hortense shrub           Wooden door

Company logo                  Padlock                       Electric lines                Healthy grass

White light                        Cinder blocks              Hinges                         PVC pipe (white)

Galvanize roof                  Wire mesh                   Small slope                  Fence (plants)

Concrete base                    Yellow/brown             Bucket covers             Red and black

Soiled hut

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

I captured this image to highlight a community concern in the form of another unnecessary bill, which is one step down into another level of poverty. Tourists who visit Grenada and other Grenadians are not always aware of the hardships that a local community like Clozier is forced to endure on an ongoing basis. By arresting this photograph and labeling it as something that tourists never see, I am asking people at the local, regional, and international levels to educate themselves about the places that they visit, not only in terms of culture, but also in regards to the socio-economic impacts that are currently taking place.

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

In this “Pump Up Another Bill” photograph, the pump house represents pockets with holes in them. Moreover, the empty pockets are linked to the local community members, who are the underdogs in the fight for socio-economic survival against the oppressive nature of certain organizations in Grenada that enters certain communities in the guises of wolves in sheep’s clothing. The buckets of chlorine along the side of the pump house refer to local health and environmental hazards that can easily be spread to people from the regional and global areas. So these physical and environmental dangers are not isolated incidences that apply only to the local areas in Grenada. Therefore, it behooves all of us to pay attention and to get involved to solve our collective problems or else domino effect will take its natural course in its assertion that no one is immune to adversities. In other words, what is happening to Grenada can, and sometimes will, also happen to you, in the regional and global sectors, to a certain extent, if not in the same way. More so, the elevated “No Trespassing” sign and the paddock on the wooden door are associated with restriction of freedom that refers to a type of cultural breakdown. This uncustomary collapse takes into account the fact that youths who used to collect water at the pump house once used that activity as a form of socialization. But now because of that restrictive sign (“No Trespassing”) and the paddock on the pump house’s door, the young people in the area are forced to deal with recreation limitation in a location like Clozier that is already somewhat socially, culturally, and economically isolated from the rest of Grenada. This social drawback begs the questions: why does this cultural constraint exist? And what can be done to rectify it? More importantly, how can Grenada open its heart to its young people in Clozier in the same ways in which Grenada opens its heart to its millions of visitors? To a large extent, loss of hope is evident in the gray, gloomy pump house that is sullied with brownish-orange soil at its base as the Clozier community is left to deal with the issue of water convenience as well as with the problem of water inconvenience that will affect the entire community, due, in part, to the level of deforestation that is already taking place in the area, which means that there will be less water for the Clozier community. In contrast to the sense of hopelessness that resides in and around the pump house, there is a glimmer of hope (an invasion of faith) that is seen in the medium and light shades of blue in none other than the “No Trespassing” sign, which brings to mind the old saying that sometimes good things can come from bad situations. To end on another positive note, God’s gift (the soothing sunlight) is far better and more influential than the manmade device (the enclosed light-bulb) that is housed above the pump house’s door and is currently turned off while the sun bathes the building with abundant light. Even more telling is the idea that the encompassing sunlight is far more powerful than the limited shadows that surface around the pump house, a structure that is draining part of Grenada’s finances.

 

PHOTO Title: Pump Up Another Bill!

Photograph Location: Fraser, St. Andrew’s

Photographer: Joan Charles

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