I created this book because I wanted to raise awareness of my home country of Guyana. Not a lot of people have heard of us, so with this book my aim is to share my birth place through images in the hope that people can appreciate and pass on the knowledge of a place and a culture that is new to them.
The people featured in this book each had a close connection with my late Grandmother and so meeting and photographing the sitters had a particular significance for me. Many of the people that I met on my trip back home have also handwritten a message to share first-hand knowledge of the people and culture of Guyana. My subjects are aged between 13 and 82 and are members of an extended family of fathers, mothers, students, sisters, and grandparents. Two of the sisters photographed in the book were unable to personally handwrite a message as they each suffer from arthritis in their hands. These are ‘real’ people and my photographs are a genuine documentation of Guyanese people which I wish to share with my newfound friends and family.
I hope that you enjoy this book and the messages, sent to you from the People of Guyana.