My childhood friend John and I used to call each other to see how things were going from time to time. Often he would say “ I Gone Mountain” and I would only hear back from him days later. I decided to ‘go mountain’ with him to see what it looked like.
A Spiritual Baptist Ceremony held at Chester Cottage Byera. A small church is filled with official members and specially invited guests, hosting a milestone ceremony which calls for all to attend and witness how to celebrate and worship, Spiritual Baptist style.
The Vincentian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals collaborated with World Vets hosting a 4 day clinic at several locations on the rural mainland of St.Vincent, performing medical consultations and surgeries on hundreds of animals.
Speech Pathologists, Miriam Kerr, Amy Swaim, and Jill Hodge host a 4 day Speech Therapy Clinic in the heart of Kingstown at the Evangelical Church along with the Vincentian Team. Each pathologist conducted their own back to back sessions simultaneously working closely with the parents, which resulted in all of the children finding their voices whether spoken or not.
The pediatric operating theatre at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital sees more than 2000 patients a year for cases ranging from scoliosis to neurosurgery. The specialist teams that work in there perform back to back surgeries on children allowing for expertise to develop just as swiftly. Leading to specialist care from a small and developing country of St.Vincent.
Patients coming into the clinic are flown in from all over the Caribbean for life changing surgeries. This monumental experience is reflected in the personalities of the children who populate the clinic finding themselves surrounded by those who face similar challenges in life a their own.
Vincentian fishermen are like a family. They get swear at each other, fight and ultimately fall out indefinitiely. But despite this, at sea they put aside their differences and help each other if they are ever in need. Fishing is a way of life for many Vincentians, it can be the literal difference between putting food on the table or not for many families. This album showcases the spirit of fishing in St.Vincent.
Vincentian Van Culture is one of the most tangible forms of culture in St.Vincent. Almost everyone who visits and lives on the island forms an opinion regarding the van's performance, art, service, and are eager to share it, especially sharing the road with them. Playing a significant part of the machine of St.Vincent and it's day to day operations, the van culture has been moulded from years of public support for each of these vans operating as private businesses where they mostly aspire towards a narrow goal of being the most popular vans.
A collection of scenes of bikers leading up to the 38th year of Independence. Bikers have become a large part of what defines St.Vincent's independence so much that the local authorities have to make special provisions to maintain safety on the roads. Each year their antics and displays often involve some tragic accident.
In Calliaqua, St.Vincent, before the Carnival celebrations in the early morning brought sounds of the calypso music which usually involves lyrics of the political on-goings of the little island nation.
Vincy Mas 2017, the queen show had 8 performances each individual carnival band making tall, towering costumes. A harness straps the Vincentian ladies into place as they pull their costume with strength and skill to display to the audience and judges, rotating to reveal hidden features of the costume and often playing off the stage lights for a stunning performance.
Mardi Gras is the epitome of carnival. Most Vincentians find themselves on the in the Capitol of Kingstown to witness this annual event, rubbing shoulders with visitors from all over the world to experience 'Vincy Mas'. Full of colour and the infamous wine up, the revelers in costume take to the streets entertaining all who line the roadside.
A look into the 'Mass Camps' that tirelessly work to produce the costumes that pour into the streets on Mardi Gras Day of the St.Vincent Carnival.
One of the largest festivals in St.Vincent that invites all walks of life. Simultaneous 'Bands' are operated in different locations, but they ultimately are funnelled into the same narrow streets of Kingstown. The result is nothing but chaos as far as the small island of St.Vincent can provide.
As a part of a community program, table tennis courses are conducted in a coastal town of St.Vincent known as Sandy Bay, several hours out of the capitol city Kingstown. The roads leading to Sandy Bay have been severely damaged due to previous storms, causing one to tread with caution, but is a mere inconvenience for the people of Sandy Bay.
The SVG Swimming Federation and the Mustique Charitable Trust collaborated in sponsoring these children allowing them to complete their basic swimming training program. Despite growing up on the small island of St.Vincent surrounded by water, many of the children around the island are unable to swim. These children come from difficult backgrounds, and the program brought more than the skill in the water, but brought together children from a community who now can more safely venture beyond the coastlines of St.Vincent
The St.Benedicts orphanage in Georgetown of St.Vincent provides care to children from the surrounding communities. The children are there for several reasons including:disabilities, lack of care in the home, and as is defined orphaned. The orphanage focuses on developing the children to their best of their abilities and have formed relationships with many medical institutions including schools who the students visit them in support of their cause.
A collection of photos from the beach I grew up on.
A shipwrecked yacht lays upside down on the volcanic sand of Biabou in St.Vincent. Searching it only yields a sun bleached name which is now unrecognisable and vague texts in french scraped along the electronic equipment that now lays bare in the belly of the ship. Eerily a series of ropes are tied onto the inside of the boat almost as a last ditch effort to secure something, but what that is cannot be known.
A collection of photos captured while working alongside organizations such as the Mustique Charitable Trust, St.Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) Preservation Fund and the SVG Rugby Union. These organizations have different means of attaining a goal of developing SVG’s communities, primarily focusing on the youth and their vocational, sport, and social activities in rural areas.