Selections from a series on memoir and the Caribbean image.
Radcliffe Randolph Arnold Browne died the day before his 88th birthday and was buried the day after my 44th. He lived in Erin, deep in the south of Trinidad, near the eroding coast. He was my grandfather, and he let me photograph him in the last two years of his life.
Set within the context of festival—Mas and Carnival in Trinidad—this series is part of an ongoing study of vernacular tradition in the performance and transmission of black masculinities.
A series that explores the aesthetics of environmental erasure in Trinidad and Tobago, of what goes, what remains, and what is brought back to us on the tide.
Night Work I
Part of Carte Noire, a work in progress that traces narratives of blackness—Caribbean blackness—in this very particular light.
The first of four series in my book, HIGH MAS: Carnival and the Poetics of Caribbean Culture, “Seeing Blue” is a premonitory chronicle of my own return to Trinidad and Tobago—and the emergence of an idea of Caribbeanist Photography as I would come to understand it.
On Carnival Monday night, Blue Devils of Paramin gather to compete in Fatima Junction, high in the hills above Maraval in Northern Trinidad. And though they measure their skills in combinations of dance and terror, there is an unmistakeable humanity that punctuates every unsaid word, every hardened stare.