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OAS/GNT Sustainable Heritage Endorsement Programme

PHOTOVOICE PROMPT #3: The Things Tourists Never See

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

Dry soil                                                     Tilled soil

Life                                                            Green and brown plants

Young seedlings (centered)                  Contrast (tenderness/harshness)

The result of production                       Uplifted roots/advance planning

Potential                                                  Lots of brown soil

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

I want to advertise local agricultural crops that are non-GMO products. Usually tourists do not see processes like this one to experience life in the infancy stage—the newness of life.

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

The isolated green seedlings surrounded by vast tilled soil is symbolic not only of seclusion, but also of new beginnings in terms of new experiences for visitors, new crops for local farmers, new produces for local, regional, and international consumers, and a new sense of purpose for Grenada in the global agricultural market. In other words, embedded in the “Transported Seedlings: Siblings” image is the sight of potential in regards to marriage between agriculture and economics (or agribusiness) and how together these two entities can work in favor of the betterment of all, not just some, Grenadians. Like siblings, the seedlings, the soil, and the weather must support and nourish one another in order to come to fruition, respectively. The vast tilled soil around the sprouting seedlings represents nakedness and this openness echoes the ways in which Grenada is accepting of other cultures. Furthermore, the vast tilled soil surrounding the green seedlings is representative of vulnerability concerning Grenada’s will to survive, its growing strength, its determination to weather storms, while wrapped in its invisible blanket of hope brings into focus the concepts of Grenada’ sense of self-sustainability and it efforts to address food security.

PHOTO Title: Transported Seedlings: Siblings

Photograph Location: Belvidere, St. John’s

Photographer: Amellia Williams

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