These five photographs are juxtaposed to show you the sense of scale. The images are linked from left to right by their formal qualities; their subject matter, colours, and shapes.
Praharshanie Beharry’s image, African Belt 2, is not of Guyana, but at first glance, it is hard not to compare it with the lush interior of the country. It shares formal qualities with Mariah Lall’s Standstill which features two children clearing and burning grass.
Javid Samad’s Forage is his attempt at having his audience reconnect with nature while Meshach Pierre’s A Gaff invites us to objectively look at men who take birds out of their natural habitat. Darrell Carpenay scales back in his image, Gorge Dance 1, to evoke the sense of awe.
I have chosen to photograph nature, the sky, clouds, landscape and animals to depict the transformational effects color, light, depth and texture can be used to resonate emotionally with something deep within us.
I wanted to have people, through a shared positive emotion, want to experience and celebrate the richness of nature.
I have been fortunate enough to travel both remote and not so remote locations in Guyana where I am often fascinated by the elements that encompasse the daily life of those who call these places home.
As such the photos choosen to be apart of my selection shows that which I captured durind 2017 visits to Mabaruma in Region One, Chenapau in Region 8 as well as a 2018 visit to Moruca, Region One
Getting outside is good for the mind, body and soul. Through my photography, I focus on the natural environment and animals, hoping that my images will remind us to slow down and reconnect with nature.
Racing birds through song is a cultural activity that is unique to the Guianas, and birds in cages are ubiquitous in Georgetown. It has also been exported to New York and Canada along with Guyanese migration. Unfortunately, the birds sometimes get there through an illegal international trade. Nevertheless, the people involved have a uniquely close relationship with their birds, and care greatly for them. Bird racing may be a way that people meet and socialize outside of the normal social hierarchy, while internationally it may serve as a way that Guyanese abroad can connect with each other and the culture they left behind. Others may depend on it for their livelihoods.
It can be difficult to think about situations like these objectively, but I invite viewers to attempt to do so, and to think not only about the birds involved, but the people and their personal motivations. There will be both positives and negatives and these will vary from person to person. It may therefore be an interesting moment to reflect on our own personal relationship with animals and nature in general. Is there a way that we may be able to compromise maintaining small cultural activities like this and the species involved?
On an six-day overland trip to Kaieteur National Park, I was fortunate enough to witness scenes that captured my soul, and will live in my heart forever. As a bonus, I was able to preserve fractions of these memories through photography. I believe, as photographer - professional or amateur, we capture the best images of the things we're most passionate about. These images are a combination of two of my favourite things to photograph - landscapes and wildlife.regions - I hope they do the same for you.
One morning while our team was in the Kaieteur gorge, thousands of white-chinned swifts were pouring out from behind the curtains of Kaieteur. It was the beginning of an obsession with capturing these magnificent beings, dancing to the music of this grand waterfall. As some of my favourite images, evoking a sense of awe, and appreciation for one of Guyana's most adored