OAS/GNT Sustainable Heritage Endorsement ProgrammePHOTOVOICE PROMPT #2: The Only Things Tourists See
What do you see here? (Addressed to the whole group)
A tunnel Palm tree
Green plants overlooking the tunnel Dilapidated building
Ancient walls/white-washed walls Variations of green and yellow
Maximum height: 340 feet Red iron: vehicular filter
Tunnel completion date: 1894 Light at the end of the tunnel
Why did you take this photo? (Addressed to the photographer)
The Sendall Tunnel (1894) is a passage that few people (to include tourists) will miss. Tourists (and locals) frequent the passage of this 340 feet historical tunnel whenever they visit St. George’s, Grenada, which is a cultural and social encounter in itself. Similar to its original intent, three centuries ago, to link the Carenage to the Bay Town for economic reasons; so too, the Sendall Tunnel, today, connects the economics of the Carenage to the financial hub of the Esplanade (where tourist ships dock) and the marketplace (where tourists and locals shop).
What is really happening here? (Addressed to the whole group—alternatively what does the photograph represent?)
What is happening here are the passages of history, time, and space that co-exist within the Sendall Tunnel with a sliver of hope that is represented by a light (or a white hole) at the end of the tunnel that is figurative of spitting you out to open up new cultural, social, and economical horizons, while compressing time and space. Prior to the light at the end of the tunnel, there is darkness (or a black hole) at the entrance that is symbolic of fear or danger (the power to destroy) that is associated with being sucked into something to allow us to see beyond our immediate spaces, thereby expanding the spaces to increase the surrounding areas’ social opportunities—pushing us to evolve culturally and financially. Other representations of the Sendall Tunnel are facilitation, perseverance, encouragement, cultural exercise, cultural upliftment versus a dying culture, the juxtaposition of traditional use versus modern usage (where the old meets the new). Finally, the overlooking green and yellow plants speak to both life and death and declare that some parts of the Grenadian culture are dying.
PHOTO Title: Sendall Tunnel
Photograph Location: St. George’s
Photographer: Horace George