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PHOTOVOICE PROMPT #6: Grenada's Future

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

A toddler                                        Orange

A bright green grater              Silhouette

Silver wash pan                           Wall

White vest                                      Holes in the grater

Coconut: white flesh                Rectangle

Brown shell (coconut)              Unfinished pyramid

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

This photograph was taken to illustrate Grenada’s future in the form of a toddler preparing a meal. Like Grenada, the toddler has the ability to sustain her sense of self-sufficiency. The image in “We Must Eat” asserts that Grenada needs to be economically involved in its young people to enhance their social positions, because well-informed and well-educated youths will make Grenada a healthy, wealthy, and strong nation in the present and in the future.

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

In discussing the photo: “We Must Eat”, the nuances that come to the foreground are representative of self-sufficiency and food security for the future. The image of the toddler grating coconut reveals that Grenada is capable of taking matters into its own hands to feed its people. By the same token, the photo of the toddler (as a symbolic representation of both Grenada and the future) lends itself not only to be viewed as simply nourishing its future, but also as providing educational and vocational skills for its children; because, after all, the children are Grenada’s future. The child’s apparent enjoyment of the task at hand (prepping home-cooked meal) also conveys assertiveness and adaptability in the early stage of life, which are skills that Grenada can, perhaps, learn to incorporate in its daily operations rather than being too passive, yet rigid in its thoughts and deeds. Furthermore, the presence of the toddler suggests experimentation, practicing, focus and positive mimicry that evoke Grenada’s intimate expressions and signify hope for its future in regards to increased employment opportunities. At any rate, that is to say that Grenada might benefit from embarking upon new paths, while taking positive actions, while concentrating on its goals, while exploring positive influences so as to prevent itself from going down the wrong paths.

PHOTO Title: We Must Eat

Photograph Location: Clozier, St. John’s

Photographer: Iva Williams

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