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PHOTOVOICE PROMPT #2: The Only Things Tourists See

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

A tunnel                                                                Palm tree

Darkness                                                               Signs

Pedestrians                                                            Rust

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

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