Welcome to another archive diary entry! This month I have been reviewing a small selection of Neil’s work that was taken in his home country Jamaica in 1975. The series of photos were captured during a trip that he made for an international conference and other events. As we discussed each photo more of his fascinating memories were uncovered. For example, we looked at some photos of huge corporate buildings, which Neil described as representing the ‘new’ Jamaica of the 1970s. He pointed out that it was important that those who left the island in search of work and a new life before the wave of city development, were able to see how much Down Town Kingston had changed. They would have been surprised by the new high rise, shiny glass buildings and impressive luxury hotels. Neil said he was on a mission to show them that Jamaican architecture could compete with the best in the world. Today Down Town Kingston is still known as the buzzing financial district, although things have evolved. Another photo we discussed was of an old European church, which was both a place of refuge for its worshippers and a reminder of the country’s colonial history. All the photos told an interesting story that we hope to share with you one day soon. Each photo seems to fill another piece to the many puzzles of that time.
In other news, Neil has been asked to be on the judging panel for a photography competition in June. The competition is part of a cultural event called the Power Of ___ Festival, which celebrates diverse voices and change makers. The activities are being curated by The (Fashion) Minority Report @fashnminorityrpt. Follow them on Instagram for more info.
Until next time.