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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)

Moving sea water in the foreground                         Grenada’s Ministerial Complex

Deep water harbour in the middle ground              Lush, green hilltops

Seaport in the middle ground                                   Richmond Hill Prison overlooking harbor

Port Authority Warehouse                                        Cumulus clouds                                 

Steel containers: red, white, and blue                    Bright, blue sky

Docked yachts/lone merchant ship                       Open space

Tourist Welcome Center                                           Sunny, warm atmosphere

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

This photograph was taken to show that this seaport cannot be missed as it lies midway between the renowned Carenage (that docks large merchant ships and local fisherman boats) and the Lagoon (that docks mostly foreign/luxury yachts and a few local boats). More so, the port is a commercial hub for imports and exports, and it was once the former cruise ship terminal. That is to say that for decades, this seaport has been the major exit and entrance (via the sea) on our island—Grenada.

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

The overall seaport atmosphere suggests the splendors of God’s creation that spans the ocean, the land, and the sky as well as it encompasses the various colors of life—through the co-existence of natural and manmade beauties at their best. Also, the port represents commercial trade, immigration proceedings and customs and excise. Furthermore, the seaport serves as a series of dynamic distractions or activities that are evident in its multi-textural purposes and landscapes (comprised of the sea, land and air) in that the port is symbolic of both ocean and land modes of transportation, while the sky connotes air freight. Symbolically, the clouds project the dynamic nature not only of culture, but also of the energetic qualities of social encounters and economic matters. The fluctuating ocean also represents cultural expansion that anchors social and financial benefits. The locked steel containers at the port and the Richmond Hill Prison that overlooks the port/harbor are associated with limitations or restrictions that can hinder our cultural development that will impact our socio-economic conditions.

PHOTO Title: Seaport

Photograph Location: St. George, St. George’s

Photographer: Horace George

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