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PHOTOVOICE PROMPT #2: The Only Things Tourists See

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

Seven cocoa pods                                                              Shadow around cocoa pods

Iron bucket with rusted handle                                         Slight darkness

Colors: yellow, orange, green, red, grey, black                 Glimpse of the ground/concrete

Pattern on cocoa pods                                                      Spaces between cocoa pods

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

I took this photo because the cocoa bean is one of Grenada’s most important agricultural products. From the cocoa, Grenada also produces chocolate, which is said to be of world-class quality.

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

Togetherness, storage, warmth (from the colors of the cocoa), the display of possibilities in the bucket, due, in part, to the pockets of darkness between the seven cocoa pods represents not merely depth of field, but also it expresses depth of potential. The iron bucket itself is symbolic of not only presenting the cocoa pods, but also it serves as a form of containment. Because of this alleged restraint, there is more to be seen than meets the eye in terms of Grenada not being able to fully express itself in its interactions with others in this “Soon-To-Be-Chocolate” image. Basically, the idea is for Grenada to express its real self in its real voice. However, the photograph shows that Grenada is simply contained in a bucket waiting its turn to use its voice and be heard. The concrete slab outside of the bucket provides a sense of foundation, firmness, and stability and it is indicative of a platform or stage for exhibition. Eventually, the cocoa is processed and it becomes food products such as chocolate, snacks, cocoa balls (for cocoa tea) and other products that are rich in antioxidants in that sense the cocoa beans are Grenada’s cash cow—its bread and butter. Besides, the tourist industry is associated with the drinking of local cocoa tea at certain Grenadian locales. In all, the cocoa beans themselves suggest maturity, source of income (as is already mentioned), and they are symbolic representations of Grenada’s authentic voice.

PHOTO Title: Soon To Be Chocolate

Photograph Location: Clozier, St. John’s

Photographer: Iva Williams

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