“I want to camp in the volcano crater in a tent overnight” was something Kai, Tolga and I had thought of at least one point during our lives individually. We all happened to express this mutual dream one sunny afternoon. We asked each other “Do you want to camp in the Volcano tomorrow night?” that sentence was the start of what lead to this dream becoming a reality for us to share, forever embedded in our memories.
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 goal of being the most popular van.
A Spiritual Baptist Ceremony held at Chester Cottage Byera. A small church is filled with regular Sunday church go-ers and friends of the religious group from across the sea. Specially invited guest Hon. Ralph Gonsalves attends the ceremony to catch himself some spirits as he dances and expresses himself along with the group, spiritual baptist style.
A handful of my oldest childhood friends had become reclusive mountain famers in their early adult lives. I would often speak to them intermittently between their extensive escapes into the hillsides away from anything except the AM radio stations from neighboring islands. Despite having very different personalities nurtured by mountain life they would all say the phrase “I Gone Mountain” and disappear for an undetermined time. I decided to start venturing into ‘mountain’ with them to learn what life could be like.
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. Using traditional fishing methods they navigate through the challenges that they face from living off the sea in tiny fishing vessels with almost no safety equipment.
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.
In Calliaqua, St.Vincent, before the Carnival celebrations the early morning brings island artists to perform on stage in-front of their friends in the small but extremely enthusiastic crowds. The artists are extremely passionate in their lyrics often singing about political on-goings of the little island nation, empathizing with their own struggles through music.
Working along with World Pediatric Project, I capture the nature of their very work as they impact upon these children’s lives. All the way from prematurely born babies right up to 21 years old WPP finds themselves supporting the lives of many Caribbean infants over several years with consistent support to really make an impact on Caribbean healthcare.
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.
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 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.
A collection of photos from the beach I grew up on.