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PHOTOVOICE PROMPT #2: The Only Things Tourists See

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

Nutmeg in its glory                                   Black nutmeg peering thru the mace

Leaves: green, red, yellow, brown            Sun peeking through the scene itself

Pericarp (pods)                                         Misty effect is contrasted with natural light

Young nutmegs                                         Different shades of green

Branches and sticks                                  Nutmeg flowers

Veins in leaves

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

Almost any tourist driving by will see a nutmeg tree on his or her way around Grenada. Nutmeg, as we already know, is part of Grenada’s culture that brings people together to sow, harvest, sell, and consume the nutmeg and mace as well as the crops provide sources of income for Grenada and its nutmeg farmers, the exporters, the merchants, and the importers.

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

The “Spice Up Your Life” photograph symbolizes complications, openness (of the nutmeg shell), beauty, maturity, focus (the mature nutmeg takes center stage). The new growth and development process does not just represent economic value and value-added products such as nutmeg jam, nutmeg oil, essential oils used in potpourris, scented candles, soaps and other products, such as mulching for farms, and habitat for animals (or insects), but it also means that Grenada can free up some time and space to enjoy itself, sometimes, especially after it has invested time and effort in accomplishing certain tasks. Even so, the colors: red, yellow, and green altogether awaken in Grenada a new sense of inspiration that might be lacking on a regular basis and these said colors are associated with patriotism in that they are Grenada’s own national colors. Generally, nutmeg and mace are seen as cultural values that Grenada takes pride in accepting. After all, Grenada is renowned for being “the isle of spice” as well as the nutmeg is considered to be “black gold”. These two latter traits speak not merely to Grenada’s self-value or self-worth, but also to its self-image.

PHOTO Title: Spice Up Your Life: The Lady In The Boat With the Red Petticoat

Photograph Location: Belvidere, St. John’s

Photographer: Iva Williams

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