Looking for genuine Vincentian gifts this Christmas, then this book should definitely be on your list; whether as a well-earned present to yourself, or for that special someone.
Nigel Morgan’s 401 Vincy Caribbean Proverbs will definitely have you laughing out loud, whether relaxing alone, or as you share a moment with family and friends.
Here are a few samples:
Proverb: Keep on yo head. **
English: Keep on your head.
Meaning: Be sober, vigilant, and wise at all times.
Usage: “You must fight peer pressure and keep on yo head.”
Proverb: Bless me eyesight. **
English: Bless my eyesight.
Meaning: When one is surprised to see something or someone.
Usage: Seeing us on television, he yelled, “Bless me eyesight!”
Proverb: Every day bucket gwine ah well, ‘e bottom go drop out.
English: Daily, bucket goes to the well; its bottom will fall out.
Meaning: Amend your ways before things end in tragedy.
Usage: “Every day bucket gwine ah well, ‘e bottom go drop out.”
Proverb: Goat head nar go pan wedding table.
English: Goat head doesn’t go on the wedding table.
Meaning: You don’t go to events where you are not invited.
Usage: “I can’t go there; goat head nar go pan wedding table.”
Proverb: Yo style monkey till yo style um out a fashan. **
English: Style monkey till you style him out of fashion.
Meaning: Too many details will spoil the presentation.
Usage: “Yo style monkey till yo style um out a fashan.”
Proverb: Someting ‘een ah de martar besides de pistle. **
English: There is more in the mortar besides the pestle.
Meaning: There is a hidden plan or secret motive in a matter.
Usage: “Surely, someting ‘een ah de martar besides de pistle.”
Proverb: Yo ha mo tricks dan monkey.
English: You have more tricks than a monkey.
Meaning: You are very clever.
Usage: “Yo ha mo tricks dan monkey,” she told the old thief.
Proverb: De younger de couple de tighter de squeeze. **
English: The younger the couple, the tighter the squeeze.
Meaning: New couples are more intimate than older couples.
Usage: “Surely, de younger the couple de tighter de squeeze.”
Proverb: Every moley bread ha ‘e moley cheese.
English: Every moldy bread has its moldy cheese.
Meaning: Even the strangest person is sure to find a soulmate.
Usage: “I’ll find a mate. Every moley bread ha ‘e moley cheese.”
Mr Morgan stated, “This book captures that unique way of communication inherited from past Vincentian generations for future generations. It uncovers this precious legacy to guide people into maximizing their current existence and future.”
Express Vinci® congratulates Mr. Morgan on the publication of his creative and insightful book; an excellent celebration of Vincentian culture!
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We’re all about our blue, yellow and green throughout the month of October. We anticipate the days when we can come out in our colours and proudly wave the national flag and declare that St. Vincent and the Grenadines is the piece of rock in the Caribbean Sea that we are glad to call home. This year after the annual Independence Day parade we had even more activities through which we could express our Vincy pride thanks to Invest SVG. The Everything Vincy Exhibition held at the E.T Joshua Airport over a three day period (October 27th-29th), was the place to be during the independence weekend. This new initiative is aimed at highlighting the products and services that St. Vincent and the Grenadines has to offer and encouraging entrepreneurial spirit as we continue on in nation building. Training workshops were also offered to the business owners who took part in the exhibition to gain knowledge on topics such as customer service and marketing which equips the business owners with tools that would help them take their businesses to the next level. This initiative is one that we are happy to see so well executed and the patrons are excited to attend in the coming years as it gets bigger and better. This is part 2 of the article where we bring you a little insight on some of the exhibitors and their products. If you haven’t read part 1 as yet, click here to view it!
Brio Ché is the brainchild of Bernadette Warren (pictured above) who many may know as Camille. They provide a line of luxury health and beauty products which inlude virgin coconut oil, body scrubs, lotions, lips balms, foot soaks, soy scented candles and massage oils. After looking at the list of products offered by Brio Ché, you’ll notice that just about everything has coconut in it and here’s why. Bernadette was raised primarily by her grandmother and coconut was a huge part of how she earned a living. Along with selling vegetables, she would make and sell coconut snacks and coconut oil and the profits allowed her to provide for Bernadette. She also credits coconut oil as the reason she’s able to stay in good health as she would consume it and use in her hair and on her skin. When Bernadette started out making concoctions to soothe her own and her husband’s skin conditions, she did some research and she knew coconut oil had to be a part of it. The end products were all natural, organic and infused with herbs and healing plants. After they experienced how well the products worked for them and received great reviews from family and friends, she officially registered the Brio Ché business in 2013. The effort that goes into producing such a health conscious yet aesthetically appealing line of products is apparent even in the packaging (which Bernadette shares she plans to make even more eco-friendly). Very soon, you might be able to watch your purchases being made from start to finish; Ms. Warren has high hopes for the next phase of her business which could include a storefront with designated production and retail areas.
Since 1985, Nzimbu Browne has created art that thoroughly reflects the rhythm of Vincentian living. Our history, culture, traditions and landscapes are so eloquently expressed through collages made from what some would consider to be waste. “I take it up and add some intelligence into it” he said as he explained that dried banana leaves and coconut shells are his choice of medium. In addition to his beautiful collages, he also does tie-dye and makes drums. He refers to his creativity as his survival kit as this has been his way of earning a living for over 30 years and his passion and determination shines through in his work ethic. Browne expressed a desire to be on an international market to have his work appreciated and purchased by millions of people and says he’s ready and willing to put in the hard work that this will take.
Melissa Ashton’s Jewelry making talent is actually the gift she prayed for and she’s passionate about putting her blessing to good use. When she made her first pair of earrings she used her teeth to do what her hands couldn’t. Fortunately, her sister saw her need and bought her a pair of pliers which she still uses to this day. She attributes her success thus far to the fact that her aim is to make her customers happy which in turn gives her the greatest feeling of fulfillment. At the moment she makes earrings, necklaces, bracelets, anklets, beaded key-chains and has just started dabbling in the production of scented candles. She hopes to eventually have a storefront where she sells not only her jewelry but glass beads and the findings and components that are involved in the craft. She’s eager to continue building her business and see her small beginnings blossom into great achievements.
If you’re an avid snacker, chances are you’ve seen and probably buy several Cyrus Snacks. After retiring from her day job, in 2008 proud owner Betty Cyrus started making plantain chips for sale. Since then, sweet potato, breadfruit, spicy banana, eddoe and sweet cassava chips have been added to the line of snacks offered. It started out as her way of making use of the food items that she saw would go to waste. It has now blossomed into a substantial business that makes the snacks many Vincentians love to munch on. Betty’s products can be found in almost all of our major supermarkets but she hopes to eventually develop the demand necessary to export her snacks.
Michelle Bacchus Barbour the talent behind tasty creations of Me-Shelli Unique started out as a seamstress. Over ten years ago, she learnt the basics of baking from a friend and went on to try out new things to create cakes and cookies as requested by friends and family. She incorporated these two skills as well as her crafting abilities into a venture that would provide a one of a kind wedding package. This package included custom clothing for the bridal party, handmade bouquets and of course, she could provide the wedding cake. Over time, she became more renowned for her baking than her sewing and so she has decided to stick with it.
The Richmond Vale Academy’s attendance was a timely reminder of the role we play in global warming and climate change. This organization has researched and taught lessons on climate change and initiated projects that include beach cleanups, tree planting and setting up model gardens. They also produce informative radio and television programs and hold open days to help spread their message. The team was eager to share flyers and have insightful conversations with the attendees in hopes that more of us will become Climate Activists and fight to make our country more energy, food and disaster secure. Climate change is real and we have to work together to build a nation that can withstand and overcome its effects.
The exhbitors mentioned are only a sample of what the Everything Vincy Exhibtion had to offer. Some of the other businesses that attended the event included Immense Bags, Link Up, Erica’s Country Style, Escape Health and Day Spa, Fanfare Events, Searles Agro Products, Mudulla Propagation, East Caribbean Group of Companies (ECGC) and so much more. We can’t wait for next year’s Exhibition!
If you haven’t read part 1 as yet, click here to view it!
Photos by Ricky Hill, exclusively for Express Vinci®
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We’re all about our blue, yellow and green throughout the month of October. We anticipate the days when we can come out in our colours and proudly wave the national flag and declare that St. Vincent and the Grenadines is the piece of rock in the Caribbean Sea that we are glad to call home. This year after the annual Independence Day parade we had even more activities through which we could express our Vincy pride thanks to Invest SVG. The Everything Vincy Exhibition held at the E.T Joshua Airport over a three day period (October 27th-29th), was the place to be during the independence weekend. This new initiative is aimed at highlighting the products and services that St. Vincent and the Grenadines has to offer and encouraging entrepreneurial spirit as we continue on in nation building. Training workshops were also offered to the business owners who took part in the exhibition to gain knowledge on topics such as customer service and marketing which equips the business owners with tools that would help them take their businesses to the next level. This initiative is one that we are happy to see so well executed and the patrons are excited to attend in the coming years as it gets bigger and better. Here’s a little insight on some of the exhibitors and their products.
Eight years ago, Christal Oliver the founder of Olive art Designs, was a lab technician at the St. Vincent Girls’ High school with some free time and a hobby. This was the beginning of her journey to business owner. She hand-sewed bags at the time as a way to overcome boredom but her peers had such a positive response to the items she made that is wasn’t too long until she saw the opportunity to make her pastime into something greater.She decided to invest in a sewing machine to experiment. Experimentation led to new creations and opportunities and Olive Art designs is the end result of a young lady following her passion, believing in her vision and striving to give her very best to her customers. She credits her success thus far to patience, practice and persistence, and she’s always reading and learning so as to execute new ideas that could help her improve her business. She makes high quality custom handbags for every occasion and hopes that her creations will allow her to put St. Vincent and the Grenadines on the map, as she endeavors to cross boundaries regionally and internationally showcasing and gaining appreciation for her handiwork.
About six months ago, Rene Benn had a literal dream. A dream that one day, she went ‘dumpster-diving’! In the dream, she was accompanied by her husband and they were taking some huge bottles out of the trash. She then proceeded to decorate the bottles and they turned out beautifully. She awoke from her dream and realized what a great idea it was and Rene’s Ornamentations was born. She collected bottles and jars from her friends and family and any shops that were willing to give them to her. The artistic ability came naturally and she transforms trash to treasure creating vases and candle holders by hand. Her desire is to have a storefront for this venture as currently she only makes her items by order and uses social media to showcase them.
The Kalinago Tribe Essential Oils were definitely one of the standout items. There was basil, lemongrass, ginger, peppermint and many more to choose from. Each essential oil has its list of health benefits and the potency is unmistakable. The business was founded over 15 years ago by Augustine Sutherland and he’s proud to say that every ingredient is tested and harvested here from our rugged rocky mountains and undergoes a steam distillation process to produce these pure organic essential oils. In the beginning as a trained hair and scalp specialist, he would make small batches of the oils to combat problems his clients were experiencing and it has grown since then into a business that offers also eucalyptus inhalers and infused massage oils. His hope is to have the oils certified as organic by the agricultural department so that the world would know that the products are of the highest quality and are prepared with our health in mind.
Grow In Time is a creative social enterprise that seeks to bring together rehabilitation, land conservation and poverty alleviation in one project. Over the past two years a sustainable livelihood project has been implemented in our two correctional institutions that is coordinated by Vonnie Roudette. Through this initiative inmates are being taught and certified in their training to make mats, baskets and other products from Vetiver grass and Grow in time its marketing arm. This venture gives the individuals the skills they need to create an alternative way of earning a living. One of the best benefits of this project is that it takes much less money to start a business making the grass products than to start a business involving other skills that one may learn while incarcerated. The individuals are given a feeling of empowerment and this causes a huge positive change in their self image as they are given an opportunity to take care of their loved ones and contribute to their communities. The conservation aspect is in regards to the grass that is used. The grass is an excellent solution for soil erosion and great for slope stabilization, so this will tie into the next phase of the project which will be the planting initiative that will be executed by the former inmates. It is still early in the game but the results so far have show that all the individuals who have received the training have not committed any further offences and they report a more positive outlook on life. The products are simply exquisite and the initiative is a life-changing one.
From a very young age Anita Garraway knew she wanted to be her own boss and have her own business. As a child she would make and sell crochet crafts, cupcakes and fudge. In 1997 she got the opportunity to do an agro-processing course that laid the foundation for Aurora’s. She learned the skills necessary to produce and bottle her green seasoning, pepper sauces and pepper relish, as well as processing fish and chicken ham. She also produces gluten free breadfruit cakes, beetroot and Black cakes without egg. Her products can be found in supermarkets throughout St. Vincent. After so many years of hard work and sacrifices, she can now say that she is living her dream.
Natalie Cato of Kato’s Katering invited the patrons to ‘Feel the fun’ with samples of her premium rum punch, Red bikini. The Red Bikini is a rich and smooth concoction of fruit juice, spices and local rum and the premium taste is unmistakable. Ms Cato has perfected the recipe over the past few years and has now started promoting the product. Her hope is to get the product on the shelves in our supermarkets. Currently it is only produced by order and sourced directly from her.
Click here to read part 2 and find out more about the exhibitors and their products and services from the event!
Photos by Ricky Hill, exclusively for Express Vinci®
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The recently opened Youlou Art Centre in Villa is proud to announce its second exhibition. This time the work of a single artist is being featured: the veteran Vincentian Artist and Mas-man, Owen Ralph.
Ralph, who hails from Sion Hill, has been a huge force in cultural events in St. Vincent and the Grenadines over the past 60 years, by providing creative inspiration and entertainment to the people of this nation. He is known for organizing carnival activities in that community: he has played steel pan, sang calypso, and became well known for designing and building carnival costumes with his cousin, the late Roy Ralph.
Owen has been the ‘man’ behind the Carnival band ‘Owen Ralph and the Professionals’ for over 30 years, which has brought joy, fun, and entertainment to the Sion Hill community in particular and the nation in general.
In addition to his involvement in Carnival, he has distinguished himself as a true visual artist. He began painting at the age of fifteen, while still in School. After leaving school, he went to Trinidad and Tobago to join his father, who worked for an advertising company, painting signs. While working for his father, he was able to augment his painting skills. He returned to SVG three years later, and began his Carnival career, which continues to this day.
Owen stated that he gets his inspiration from reading, and from his surroundings. He paints nature, people, and buildings. He shared that each year after the Carnival Season, that’s the time he sits down to paint on canvas and make sculptures.
The Owen Ralph’s Retrospective Exhibition opened on Thursday 13th April 2017 and runs until May 15th. A Press Conference will be held on Wednesday April 19th between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon, where Mr. Ralph and up-and-coming visual artist, Miss Sherika Sayers will speak about their work.
Sherika’s work was part of the Youlou Art Centre’s opening Exhibition in March. Her striking painting, The Pond, will be auctioned at a reception for both artists on Saturday 29th April, 2017 at The Youlou Art Centre, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, when both artists will speak to the public about their work, and a video of Owen’s carnival work will be shown.
The public is invited to view the exhibition Mondays to Fridays 10:30 am to 6:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The Entrance to the gallery is free but donations are accepted. The reception on Saturday 29th April is free to the public, local foods and drinks will be on sale.
The Youlou Art Centre is owned and operated by the Youlou Art Foundation. A Non-Profit Organisation (NPO), and Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), focused on developing and preserving the arts in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Article submitted by Mrs. Camille Musser of The Youlou Arts Foundation. Featured photos from Facebook Group: Owen Ralph and the Professionals, and Facebook: National Public Library of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
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The Youlou Art Centre opened its doors on Saturday 4th March 2017 in a cool and quiet space on the Villa beach front, adjacent to the French Veranda Restaurant.
This timely project, provides an idyllic place for visual artists to display their work, and for the public: locals and visitors, to view, appreciate, and acquire exquisite pieces of art by some of the outstanding talents in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The Youlou Art Centre was conceptualised by the Youlou Arts Foundation, a local non-profit organisation headed by Mrs. Camille Musser.
The main goal of the Foundation is to promote the development of the arts in SVG, and to this end, they are hosting a number of events specifically geared towards children and teenagers; thus ensuring that the capacity exists to foster continuity.
The first event, called Ten days of Art will run from this Monday 3rd to Thursday 13th April. A clean, calm, friendly, and secure environment awaits the children, as they are guided to discover their artistic abilities, while meeting new people and making new friends.
Please see the poster above for more details and contact information.
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If you’ve walked past the T shirt Store on Halifax Street in Kingstown within the last year, chances are you’ve seen O’Neil ‘Bongo Joy’ Samuel in the middle of his creative process, completely in his element. His story is a heart-warming one, one of overcoming the odds and playing to one’s strengths.
O’Neil admits that he was heavily influenced during his childhood years by “bad company”. However, he would come to realize that constantly getting into trouble and endangering himself was not the life he wanted to live. He wanted more, he wanted be a better man. It almost comes as no surprise that arts and crafts became O’Neil’s outlet of self expression as there is creative energy flowing through his bloodline.
He would often watch as his mom intricately layered strips of newspaper during a paper mache project, or weave ribbons and use sponge to make extravagant skirts and dresses for dolls. His brother was more of a visual artist, and so it was his drawing and painting skills O’Neil would admire, so much so that it was pencil drawings that were his first creative endeavour. He then added mirror etching to the list and now hand-makes accessories such as bracelets, necklaces, waist beads and his most popular and unique item, bags made from the fruit of the ‘Calabash Tree’ (also known as the Gourd plant).
Samuel shares that he believes he was born with creative talent but it was also his ability to look at others and quickly pick up skills that allowed him to get to where he is now. He recalled the first time he saw someone working with the gourds. He observed keenly for about fifteen minutes and then he was off to making a ‘bowlie’ of his own. He didn’t have any fancy tools or special solutions, he used an old spoon to design and carve out his first piece. These days he has become so dexterous in this art form that it would take him only 25 minutes to carve out, design and decorate a bag from start to finish.
If you are wondering whether or not he has a personal ‘bowlie’, he does! In fact he has several of them. They are the vessels from which he eats and drinks and he even uses the pulp of the gourds that would be removed when he’s making his bags. He expressed great confidence in the health benefits that can be derived from boiling and drinking the pulp.
O’Neil is proud of the work he does, and rightfully so. He enjoys making a living from his handiwork but made it clear that money isn’t his motivation. “It’s not because of money, is the stuff I love to do, is the craft I’m passionate about” and having people who are intrigued by what he does and delight in his creations spurs him on all the more to keep pushing boundaries and allowing his creativity to run wild. He hopes to add a few decorative items for the household to the list of products he offers such as lamp shades and candle burners.
Here’s an individual who has managed to emerge from being besieged by negativity during his younger years, to become an upstanding citizen, a person driven by his artistic abilities and someone who now has a deep understanding about the “bigger picture” in life. There is simplistic beauty in the lifestyle and outlook that Samuel has settled into.
“I’m just a man, a man with love and a man with passion…I want to see more of what I looking at get better, more business, more love, more people trying to help… more of that is better for the world.”
He treats his craft like an act of humanitarianism. His display table is a neutral space, where he makes no distinction about class, colour or creed. His only concern is ensuring that the people who stop by his table leave with exactly what their heart desired, and so his work is a depiction of his genuine love for people.
“Once you’re a human with righteous mind, it doesn’t matter what denomination you stand for.”
Recently, the Frangipani Hotel on the exquisite grenadine island of Bequia hosted a visual art exhibition that featured the work of two gifted artists who are proud to call this country their home.
Paintings by the renown artist, Cécile Comblen, and handmade crafts by Merle Gellizeau were on display for two days, February 24th and 25th.
Cécile Comblen studied Fine Arts at the University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She has been living in St. Vincent and the Grenadines for the past twenty or so years, and finds inspiration for many of her finest work from observing and interacting with the citizens of her adopted home.
Cecile fervently expresses her love for these islands, and this emotion is evident in her work. She is passionate about art, and has always been eager and willing to share her skills as a teacher of people of any age, ranging from preschoolers to the elderly. A few years ago she was very determined to start an Art Therapy Programme for patients at the Mental Health Centre; unfortunately, it never came to fruition, to her disappointment.
She has been a dedicated member of the Youlou Arts Foundation, and readily teams up with other artists to promote the arts in SVG.
Her recent works on canvas and watercolours are titled “Inhabited landscapes”. She disclosed that these are inspired by “local landscapes, memories, and people, real or imaginary, in a colourful and poetic way.”
Merle Gellizeau creates crafts such as baskets, hats, and table mats, which are made from natural fibers found growing in the wild on the islands.
She is a skilled artisan and acts as one of the keepers of the Vincentian tradition of basket-weaving. She is presently the director of the St. Vincent Craft Center in Frenches, Kingstown.
You are invited to meet Cécile and Merle, as they join other artists to host the Youlou Arts Foundation’s third annual Art Show and Sale on Saturday March 4th at the Art Centre, in Villa. See Poster below for further details.
He’s unconventional, passionate and tenacious in his artistic conviction. Photographer/ Videographer Ricky Hill is next up on the list of 17 Men who make us Proud to be Vincy! Ricky was actually born in St. Lucia, his father is Dominican and his mother is Vincentian. Since he has lived in St. Vincent from a tender age and his work showcases so much of our sites, scenes and faces, he is not just Vincentian by descent through his mother, but Vincy by heart and soul.
Hill moved to St. Vincent with his mom and dad at the age of five. His schooling began at a Calliaqua Anglican School, then he transferred to Brighton Primary School. He would go on to attend the St. Vincent Grammar School then the St. Vincent and Grenadines Community College. However, he did not complete the stipulated two years at the SVGCC because he decided after a little over a year that he had enough and didn’t see it necessary to invest any more time and effort into it.
After that, he went to the Baptist Bible College of the Caribbean here in St. Vincent for two years then transferred to Northland International University in Wisconsin. This he describes as a disaster as he was kicked out of the University, invited back, then kicked out a second time after getting in some trouble. He would then return home to continue his pursuit of happiness.
He realized that there was a need for new teachers at the time in St. Vincent and applied for the job. After becoming a teacher he realized that he loved teaching; the act of imparting knowledge to an individual, but would soon come to loathe all of the regulations and requirements that go along with the profession. “The lesson plans, marking hundreds of books”, these were some of things that frustrated him about the job. He admitted that he found a new appreciation for all teachers but ultimately he resigned after realizing he was unhappy working for someone else especially under such strict conditions.
Ricky was then attracted to a job at his church’s office that seemed to promise him an opportunity to be creative. He took up the post and this was actually where photography became a big part of his life. This was however not the first time he delved into the photography world.
“If I had paid attention I might have been a photographer a long time ago.”
In the summer after he finished his first year at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College, he worked at Roger’s Photo Studio. They trained him to clean photographic film. They gave him a camera and sent him out in Kingstown to take photos, photos of anything and anyone, he had complete creative control. “I would be walking around town looking for the perfect shot, trying to make sure this lines up with that, and this person was in just the right place…” it was love at first capture but at the time he only regarded it as “fun” so it was short-lived.
Fast forward a few years to his days of working at his church’s office. A DSLR camera was donated to the church and so he was prompted to work on his photography skills once more. He would take photos after a service one day along with a friend who was a more experienced photographer. It didn’t take long for him to realize that his shots were inferior to hers. That’s when she introduced him to the manual settings that allowed her to make her images look more appealing. He would continue to research about his craft and practice. He even joined the Vincy Photography Facebook Page where he would receive critique on his work and they would post new challenges that forced him to think outside the box and try different techniques. It became clear to him that this was his passion, and it was definitely more than just “fun”.
“I’ve never loved doing anything as much as I love doing photography”
Ricky’s job became overwhelming as it required a lot of his time and energy, and since his photography was starting to take off, he left his job at the office to focus on his passion.
Hill shared that he is driven by creativity. “I want people to see my photos and think, how? Then they should ask if I used Photoshop and I want to say, no.” He is constantly thinking of unusual ways to create interesting shots. Sometimes he plays with fire, sometimes he plays with water but at the end of the day he produces images that are snippets of time frozen at just the right moment to represent the unique ideas that are in his head. He named Benjamin Von Wong as one of his biggest inspirations, explaining that his photography is mind-blowing which is how he hopes his photos would be regarded.
To keep growing and getting better at his craft, Ricky uses Instagram. Whenever he feels like he’s getting comfortable he goes to the explore page and looks at the most incredible photos he can find and it drives him to push himself harder and never settle for mediocrity. Quite often, his most memorable shots are from spur of the moment trips or experiments with his friend Kamillo Blake who is also another one of St. Vincent’s talented photographers. They challenge themselves to use the most random objects to create shots that are eye-catching and showcase their creativity.
Some persons may know Ricky from his YouTube videos. When asked how his channel ‘Ricky is Ricky’ came about, he said that he had wanted to make videos since 2007. For years he would watch and be inspired by the cinematic creations of his favorite YouTubers. He finally ran out of excuses and worked up the courage in 2016 after acquiring a decent camera. He would film arbitrary moments throughout his day, collage them together in a video and call it “Ricky’s Random Adventures”. After a while he decided to go for a more organized chronological style with his videos, thus, the daily vlogging (logging one’s experiences, thoughts, opinions and interests in video form) began. He shared that this decision was heavily influenced by Casey Neistat who he regarded as one of the greatest vloggers on YouTube.
The statement ‘Ricky is Ricky’ is more than just a channel name. It’s like a mantra that Hill lives by. He is simply himself and he’s open to expressing his creativity through different art forms, so one day that might be through photography, another day videography, and the next just might be through writing; he is not confined by labels or societal ideals. When asked about his ultimate goal, he spoke passionately about travelling the world making videos and taking photos, making a living from living life to the fullest.
One of the things that we set out to achieve with Express Vinci® is to highlight and develop the talents of Vincentian creatives by giving them a platform to express themselves. The ‘My Vincy’ Amateur Photography Competition is an initiative that was started to do just that. We want to encourage aspiring photographers to work on their craft and give them an opportunity to grow in the field in which they have sparked an interest. Our goal is to continue developing the competition and make it an annual event so we can continue to drive aspiring photographers and provide even better learning opportunities for them. We hope that this would be the beginning of something that allows creatives to make a substantial earning from their work so they can do what they truly enjoy and are passionate about.
From the 25th of October to the 8th of November Express Vinci invited the general public to send in entries for the ‘My Vincy’ Amateur Photography Competition. We asked persons to send us their photos that feature the different sides of Hairouna; all the things that make us uniquely Vincy. Numerous entries were received, and then a team of preliminary judges chose the final four images to go forward in the Food and Culture Category, the final seven images to advance in the Nature Category and the final four images to go forward in the Sports and Culture Category, for a total of 15.
On the evening of the 11th December the official exhibition was held at Courts SVG to showcase all of the wonderful entries that were received and there were final deliberations to decide our winner. The photos were judged based on originality, adherence to theme, picture quality and visual appeal. The talent that the entrants possessed was unmistakable. Our judges had quite a hard time but in the end Kyle DaSilva was chosen as the winner of the Sports and People Category, Jondal Moore as the winner of the Nature Category and Carlos Williams as the winner of the Food and Culture category.
It was Jondal Moore who emerged as our overall winner beating Kyle DaSilva the second place winner by only three points and Carlos Williams placed third. For his winning entry Jondal received 3 cases of Vitamalt, a digital camera courtesy Courts (St. Vincent) Limited and $150.00. Kyle walked away with a handset courtesy Digicel St. Vincent Limited, 2 cases of Vitamalt and $75, and Carlos’ prize consisted of 1 case of Vitamalt and $75.00.
Through this competition and exhibition, a vast amount of positive images are created that represent St. Vincent. Sharing these images is our way of helping to sculpt the digital face of St. Vincent. We hope that these stunning pictures of our beaches, our lifestyles, our people, they leave distinctive imprints in the minds of our viewers (See our Facebook Page) .
We would like to say a special thank you to the patrons who showed up for the event to make it a success, our guest judge Mr. Calvert Jones and our sponsors: Vitamalt, Courts (St. Vincent) Limited and Digicel St. Vincent Limited.
Photos by Junior Jarvis exclusively for Express Vinci®.
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We at Express Vinci®, in collaboration with Courts (St. Vincent) Limited, Digicel St. Vincent Limited, and Vitamalt, are delighted to invite everyone in SVG to the first installment of our ‘My Vincy’ Photography Exhibition, this Sunday 11th December 2016 at 5-6 pm at the ground floor of the Courts Main-store, Bay Street, Kingstown.
For two weeks in October, to coincide with our nation’s 37th Anniversary of Independence, Amateur photographers submitted their entries. We received about forty photographs depicting various aspects of Vincy life,
The photographers have been eagerly waiting to see how their work will be judged, and now after a series of postponements due mainly to back-to-back bouts of bad weather, we are ready to move forward and reward our photographers. We are extremely thankful to our corporate partners who have stepped forward to help to provide gifts to our participants.
Additionally, Courts St. Vincent Limited is using the opportunity to highlight several special seasonal offers, particularly unbelievable deals on many electronic devices, including Home Security Systems, as listed in the table below.
|ITEM||Retail Price||Reduced Price|
|ISXC300HD 12MP ACTION CAMERA||$299.||$199.|
|SWAN MONITORING SYSTEM||$1190.||$500.|
|SWAN SECURITY CAMERA ADS446||$390.||$99.|
|SONY DIGITAL CAMER DSC-W800||$190.||$50.|
|SONY DIGITAL CAMER DSC-W800 SILVER||$190.||$50.|
|SWAN SECURITY DRIVEWAY ALERT ALARM SWHOMDRIVE||$99.||$20.|
|SWAN SECURITY CAMERA||$190.||$50.|
So come on down, enjoy splendid photography, and grab that Digital Camera or Home Security Device that you’ve been yearning to buy for yourself, your family, or as a gift for a special person in your life.
We take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry and Peaceful Christmas!
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