Sunday, May 10, 2020

Reflections of Our Homeland

Reflections of Our Homeland 

Rex Lucas’s Reflections of Our Homeland is a photographic journey of the Republic of Guyana, an English-speaking nation on the mainland of South America.  The photographer Lucas presents a book with captivating images of the capital city Georgetown, Essequibo, Bartica, Mazaruni, Potaro, and Kaieteur.  In capturing one people, one nation, and one destiny, Lucas showed the country’s indigenous peoples, afro and indo-Guyanese, as well as Europeans, and Chinese.  There is a picture of the first pre-service batch of student-teachers (1963–1965), and Roman Catholic and Anglican Schools, and many smaller villages.  There was extensive picture coverage of local homes, churches, mosques, and temples in the countryside.

Images adorn its pages of the poor and poverty-stricken in the streets of Georgetown.  Readers could see the landmark buildings, and other local structures including, the Guyana Bank of Trade and Industry, Victoria Law Courts, City Hall Complex, and the National Insurance Building in Brickdam.  Other sights included the Square of the Revolution, a Statue of Queen Victoria, and Independence Arches in La Penitence, the Kissing Bridge, Seven Ponds, and the Band Stand at the Botanical Gardens on Vlissengen Road.

Color pictures showed tropical trees on Lamaha and Main Streets, benabs – gathering places by the seawall, Georgetown YMCA, statue of Hubert Nathaniel Critchlow on the premises of the Public Building, Guyana State House, president David Granger, politicians and ambassadors, and the popular Stabroek Market Square.  There are beautiful flowers depicted from Linden, Essequibo, and Bartica, a variety of colorful birds, lots of animals, and the raising of Guyana’s flag at midnight on May 26th, 2016 when the country became Independent.  This photographic manual will serve as an excellent reference to the historical, political, social, and cultural aspects of the country.     

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