This is overdue. Some weeks ago I went to the Philippines. It was incredible, if not rather familiar. Perhaps all these hot, postcolonial, poor countries are alike. And Manila, like Kingston, is a city that has grown around a large and over-polluted natural harbour. In other words, Manila even smells like Kingston. On my first day as well, walking on the streets, I looked up and there was the picture of Father Richard Ho Lung on a billboard . He was getting some award for his good works. So Jamaica was on my mind. And then when I left the city for the beach, Jamaica remained on my mind. I stayed at a wonderful Bee Farm but it was exactly like my favourite goat farm in Treasure Beach, Jamaica. Up to the mongrel dogs and the chickens and the goats seemed familiar – the listless way they lay in the sun. It occurred to me that if I took some pictures of the place, it would at times be difficult for Jamaicans to tell the difference between the two places. I was looking for shots which were, in a way, banal – everyday. Here are some.
(Mongrel Dawg & Fowl)
(What more banal than a clothes line?)
(Notice the blue-tank at the side, in case of water lock off! This seriously could be Jamaica)
(The front of the same house)
(Coconut tree with an impossibly blue sky behind – the kind of sky which only becomes banal if you live on a tropical island, but is incredible to everyone else)
(Close-up of coconuts)
(Goat. Coulda defen some mannish water still!)
(Random dusty country road, stretching out into the distance)
(random coconut on beach)
like you said. looks just like yaad, down to di mongrel dawg and camman fowl. it’s the essence of jamaica in a foreign country. (internal monologue: ah wonda if di politician dem lie an teef same way?)
Apart from the coconuts its just a typical 3rd world look!!