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Bequia, August 1998

NOTE: Last year, after I bought a scanner to digitise my 35mm film negatives and old prints, I discovered a box full of developed Fujicolor Nexia Smart APS ISO 200 canisters. I was excited when I found a roll containing images from the last time I visited the land of my birth. I quickly sent off the rolls to be scanned by ScanSafe in their Noritsu Koki EZ scanner. I apologise for the quality of the images. I was technologically…

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Happy Birthday "Papa"!

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Louis George Ollivierre passed away on October 8, 1988, in his hometown of LaPompe on the island of Bequia, at the age of 73. My maternal grandfather, my "Papa", passed away while attending University in New Jersey. I was in the middle of mid-exams at the term, and I remember regretting that I would not be able to participate in his funeral. Today would have been his 102nd birthday. To pay tribute to my grandfather and her father, my mother…

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Photography

Monkey Hill, LaPompe, Bequia

My mother took this photo during one of her recent trips to the LaPompe section of Bequia where her parents lived where I spent the first two years of my life; before there were siblings; I had my grandparents attention all to myself. The house is located at the top middle level of one of the highest hills on the island. The locals have nicknamed the area Monkey Hill. There are no monkeys on the island. I am uncertain as…

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The Wind That Blows

I have such fond memories of being with my grandparents, Louis & Celina Ollivierre, on Petit Nevis, while the whale was being butchered. There was much commotion as people piled homemade charcoal and gathered sticks to stoke the fire pits for cooking the whale meat. The men would butcher and the women would cook. I would hang around the fire near grandmother -- I called her Mama -- and when I was hungry she would hand me a calabash bowl…

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The Wind That Blows – Bequia

http://www.youtube.com/embed/L63Qow7WKHA?rel=0 A teaser for a soon to be released documentary by Tom Weston about the whaling culture in Bequia. The elderly gentleman, Athneal Olivierre -- the whaler -- is my mother's uncle. Watching this short bit of video made me feel extremely homesick. Sometimes I wonder if it was a mistake to set up a new life here in the USA. Life was simpler and less rushed on this tiny island of Bequia. I am excited to see the documentary…

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