PHOTOWALKS: Through the years - Through the Lens, 2010-2020 Volume 1

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PHOTOWALKS THROUGH THE YEARS - THROUGH THE LENS

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GUYANA PHOTOGRAPHERS’ FACEBOOK GROUP All images are the copyright of the respective photographers. No image may be used without the permission of the respective photographer. No part of this book may be reproduced. This publication is not-for-profit. Cover photograph by Taijrani Rampersaud.


GUYANA

PHOTOGRAPHERS FACEBOOK GROUP

PHOTOWALKS THROUGH THE YEARS - THROUGH THE LENS

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PHOTOWALKS: Through the Years - Through the Lens, Volume 1 is curated and edited by Fidal Bassier, Taijrani Rampersaud, and Michael C. Lam as one of three virtual books focusing on past activities in observance of the GUYANA PHOTOGRAPHERS’ 10th Anniversary. Published by VISIONS Publication date: July 25, 2020

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Introduction Although we do not paint with brushes or sculpt with our hands, we are artists and photography is our medium of expression. Through our lens, we aim to bring out the beauty in the ugly, to capture common things and make them conversation pieces, to share the smallest details within a large landscape, and to make you relive moments in time captured for eternity. Whether a professional or hobbyist, a critic or enthusiast, the Guyana Photographers’ Facebook Group comprise a variety of individuals who support this growing artform in Guyana. As we observe the 10th anniversary of the group’s creation, we take a moment to reflect… In 2010, Fidal Bassier noted the presence of other photographs through social media, specifically Facebook. In an effort to build his network and interact with other photographers, he contacted fellow photographers Michael C. Lam, Kojo McPherson, and Nikhil Ramkarran. Following the initial interaction, he then created the Guyana Photographers’ Facebook Group on July 25, 2010. Prior to this initiative in 2010, there has not been any organised group since the British Guiana Photographic Society in pre-independence Guyana. Furthermore, before 2010, only a few who were actively earning a living from photography tend to identify as photographers. Despite this, many were intrigued by the idea of an organised group and the first activity – a model photoshoot organized by Fidal near the bandstand by the seawall, resulted in photographers meeting physically for the first time in decades for leisure. Some stayed for the entire photoshoot, some came and left; however, that day marked the beginning of a new age of photography in Guyana. Over the last decade, various photowalks were organized. The diversity among us and our different approaches quickly became evident on each successive photowalk although we visited the same places together, our images often differed noticeably. This three-volume set is a curated collection of images from those photowalks. It is a selection of works to reflect the diversity in approaches and images taken of each place. They are mostly “as submitted” by each photographer to the albums created for each walk in the Facebook group. We hope you enjoy the collection. Fidal Bassier, Taijrani Rampersaud, and Michael C. Lam


Around Georgetown The first photowalk was intended to be “Around Georgetown” but was narrowed down to Brickdam and Stabroek Market. Since it was the first walk, there were only a few participants, and only two members shared some pictures. From this walk, much was learnt about the participants as they interacted with each other and with the public. It also helped to guide the way future walks were organized.

© Fidal Bassier

01 - Around Georgetown

August 07, 2011

© Fidal Bassier

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© Fidal Bassier - Demerara River as seen from behind the Stabroek Market

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© Nikhil Ramkarran

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01 - Around Georgetown

August 07, 2011

© Fidal Bassier

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Botanical Gardens The walk to the Botanical Gardens was filled with a variety of opportunities for the photographers as they undertook a second walk with a larger group.

02 - Botanical Gardens

August 21, 2011

Located in almost the centre of Georgetown, the Botanical Gardens offer photographers, and artists in general, a serene space for their creativity to flourish. Filled with beautiful flora and fauna, especially the sounds of animals from the nearby zoo, it fuels the imagination and entices the senses – as is evident from the small collection of images submitted.

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© Avinash Richard

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© Nikhil Ramkarran

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02 - Botanical Gardens

August 21, 2011

© Ryan A. Dos Santos

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August 21, 2011

02 - Botanical Gardens 8

© Vishnu Prasad

© Ryan A. Dos Santos

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© Fidal Bassier

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02 - Botanical Gardens

August 21, 2011

© Michael C. Lam

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ECD Without a definite destination in mind, we planned a photowalk along the East Coast of Demerara (ECD). While en route, we randomly picked a road that led outwards to the seawall which led to us walking along the coast from Mon Repos and Lusignan Villages. At the seawall, we were able to capture some lovely landscapes featuring boats, kokers, and some aspect of Guyana’s sea-wall life.

© Kojo McPherson

© Kojo McPherson

03 - ECD

September 04, 2011

© Joseph Lewis

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© Savita Balkaran

© Savita Balkaran

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© Michael C. Lam

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03 - ECD

September 04, 2011

© Amanda Richards

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© Avinash Richard

© Michael C. Lam

03 - ECD

September 04, 2011

© Savita Balkaran

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© Joseph Lewis

© Nikhil Ramkarran

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Canal #2 We decided to explore an area west of the Demerara River and Canal #2 was suggested by a local and budding photographer. However, contrary to the name of the walk, the images were taken at the Conservancy at the end of Canal #2. The afternoon light combined with the water were very appealing. This area had a definite countryside feeling to it which resulted in remarkably diverse images that bore a strong representation to the life in the area.

© Roshana Mahadeo

© Taijrani Rampersaud

© Fidal Bassier

PHOTOWALKS 2010-2020

04 - Canal #2

© Taijrani Rampersaud

October 07, 2011

© Savita Balkaran

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© Candace Benn

© Rakesh Latchana

© Laljeet Ramdular

© Ryan A. Dos Santos

October 07, 2011

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© Taijrani Rampersaud

© Fidal Bassier (cropped image)

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© Michael C. Lam

© Fidal Bassier

© Taijrani Rampersaud

© Nikhil Ramkarran

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04 - Canal #2

October 07, 2011

© Roshana Mahadeo

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Hope Beach Flags, boats, waterscapes – this walk cemented our love for these things (as is evident in these and following images). It was on this walk that we realised we were also using our photography activities to explore various parts of Guyana that were easily accessible. We began to strengthen our friendships and photography networks as in evident in the friendships being formed as we met and carpooled to the location.

© Michael C. Lam

05 - Hope Beach

October 23, 2011

© Roshana Mahadeo

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© Phillip Williams

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© Taijrani Rampersaud

© Ryan A. Dos Santos

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05 - Hope Beach

October 23, 2011

© Taijrani Rampersaud

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© Ryan A. Dos Santos

© Roshana Mahadeo

© Savita Balkaran

05 - Hope Beach

October 23, 2011

© Savita Balkaran

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© Ryan A. Dos Santos

© Michael C. Lam

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© Ryan A. Dos Santos

© Ryan A. Dos Santos

© Fidal Bassier

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05 - Hope Beach

October 23, 2011

© Fidal Bassier

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© Taijrani Rampersaud

© Krysta Bisnauth

05 - Hope Beach

October 23, 2011

© Michael C. Lam

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(Standing, L-R): Michael Lam, Phillip Williams, Ryan Dos Santos, Savita Balkaran, unknown, Angela Singh, Carey Sutherland (child), Krysta Bisnauth, Hilton Chan (Stooping, L-R): Roshana Mahadeo, Fidal Bassier, Taijrani Rampersaud, Laljeet Ramdular

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Kingston Jetty An Impromptu Walk The Kingston Jetty is a place for some lovely photographers with fishermen and boats. Also, being at the mouth of the Demerara river, it allows for some magnificent waterscapes as twilight approaches. This walk marked a transition to smaller groups as photographers began to socialize and plan their own mini-walks.

© Joseph Lewis

© Raval Seojattan

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06 - Kingston Jetty

November 07, 2011

© Ian Rajkumar

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© Amanda Richards

06 - Kingston Jetty

November 07, 2011

© Amanda Richards

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© Joseph Lewis

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© Angela Singh

© Amanda Richards

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06 - Kingston Jetty

November 07, 2011

© Ian Rajkumar

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Le Repentir Cemetery After a few walks that featured life and beauty, we wanted to try our hand at something new – a cemetery. We decided to visit the Le Repentir Cemetery as one photographer mentioned the lovely tombstones there and the iconic line of coconut trees are always lovely to behold. Some would argue that this is not an ideal place for beautiful photographs, but the collection of images proves otherwise. From pictures of tomb stones, and some featuring the life in the cemetery, we quite enjoyed this walk.

07 - Le Repentir Cemetery

November 12, 2011

© Roshana Mahadeo

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© Kenny Harrinaraine

© Fidal Bassier

© Ryan A. Dos Santos

© Farah Ruhiyyih Kassim

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© Taijrani Rampersaud

© Kenny Harrinaraine

© Fidal Bassier

© Roshinee Latchana

© Angela Singh

07 - Le Repentir Cemetery

November 12, 2011

© Fidal Bassier

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© Savita Balkaran

© Savita Balkaran

© Savita Balkaran

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© Roshana Mahadeo

© Taijrani Rampersaud

(L-R): Taijrani Rampersaud, Roshinee Latchana, Laljeet Ramdular, Michael Lam, Fidal Bassier, Ryan Dos Santos, Roshana Mahadeo, Savita Balkaran PHOTOWALKS 2010-2020

07 - Le Repentir Cemetery

November 12, 2011

© Roshinee Latchana

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Tiger Bay

An Impromptu Walk

One of the things photographers find interesting is to highlight the beauty in often overlooked places. This photowalk to Tiger Bay provided such an opportunity. Tiger Bay, or “the Bay,” is mostly known for its social status as a “ghetto” or “shanty town.” Mostly, it is an area often described as a depressed neighbourhood that houses many families living in poor conditions, although there are several businesses that operate in the Bay. In these images, the beauty of “community” can be found through portraits of the people living there. From the confident youngsters challenging the photographers to pictures of community activities, here is a glimpse into the life of the residents.

© Amanda Richards

08 - Tiger Bay

November 20, 2011

© Joseph Lewis

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© Amanda Richards

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© Amanda Richards

© Joseph Lewis

© Amanda Richards

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08 - Tiger Bay

November 20, 2011

© Amanda Richards

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November 20, 2011

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© Amanda Richards

© Amanda Richards

© Amanda Richards

© Amanda Richards

© Amanda Richards

© Amanda Richards

© Amanda Richards

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© Amanda Richards

© Joseph Lewis

© Amanda Richards

© Joseph Lewis

© Joseph Lewis

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08 - Tiger Bay

November 20, 2011

© Joseph Lewis

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Diamond to Castles Having explored some of the coastal areas of Demerara, we went a bit inland for this walk. The original walk to Diamond quickly turned into a need to explore an old “castle” one of the photographers mentioned. This mix-match set of images provide beautiful macros and establishing images of select locations within Diamond.

© Kojo McPherson

09 - Diamond to Castles

January 08, 2012

© Savita Balkaran

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© Fidal Bassier

© Fidal Bassier

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© Krysta Bisnauth

© Taijrani Rampersaud

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09 - Diamond to Castles

January 08, 2012

© Krysta Bisnauth

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09 - Diamond to Castles

January 08, 2012

© Amanda Richards

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© Taijrani Rampersaud

© Kojo McPherson

© Taijrani Rampersaud

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© Ryan A. Beharry

© Krysta Bisnauth

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09 - Diamond to Castles

January 08, 2012

© Krysta Bisnauth

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09 - Diamond to Castles

January 08, 2012

© Amanda Richards

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© Taijrani Rampersaud

© Taijrani Rampersaud

© Taijrani Rampersaud

© Taijrani Rampersaud

(L-R): Ferlin Pedro, Krysta Bisnauth, Kevin Jardine, Ryan Beharry, Ray Beharry, Fidal Bassier, Kojo McPherson (stooping), Amanda Richards, Savita Balkaran, Taijrani Rampersaud GUYANA PHOTOGRAPHERS’ FACEBOOK GROUP


Linden We decided to drive to Linden for a sunrise one weekend – our first “long-ish” road trip. While some were able to sleep a bit longer, those of us from the outlining coastal areas had to wake up a bit earlier. However, we were energized by the opportunity to photograph a different environment – the beauty of the Hilly Sand and Clay natural region. A peaceful morning spent enjoying a new sunrise spot, followed by an hour exploring the hills on the outskirts of Linden, brought some new perspective to our artistic eyes. While there is a lengthy selection of landscapes, they are contrasted by a few detailed macro photographs – all of which depict Linden in the morning light.

© John Greene

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10 - Linden

February 06, 2012

© Fidal Bassier

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© Krysta Bisnauth

© Savita Balkaran

© Compton Victor Sarabo

10 - Linden

February 06, 2012

© Laljeet Ramdular

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© Taijrani Rampersaud

© Taijrani Rampersaud

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© Roshinee Latchana

© Taijrani Rampersaud

© Michael C. Lam

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10 - Linden

February 06, 2012

© Michael C. Lam

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© Roshana Mahadeo

© Roshinee Latchana

© Roshinee Latchana

© Roshana Mahadeo

10 - Linden

February 06, 2012

© Roshana Mahadeo

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(L-R): Joseph Lewis, Laljeet Ramdular, Roshinee Latchana, Kwesi Isles, Taijrani Rampersaud, John Green, Ryan Dos Santos, Roshana Mahadeo, Savita Balkaran (sitting), Phillip Williams, Angela Singh, Seema Dass, Michael Lam, Krysta Bisnauth, Naseem Nasir, Ferlin Pedro, Dwayne Hackett, Wazir Hassan, Fidal Bassier GUYANA PHOTOGRAPHERS’ FACEBOOK GROUP


Ogle Seawall to Sparendaam We were definitely not disappointed on this afternoon walk from Ogle to Sparendaam and back along the shoreline. This different location brough into focus how some people pass their time on the weekends. From images of groups of people fishing to stunning waterscapes, we were enticed to document various aspects of sea-side life - of which this selection does not do full justice. So, please ensure you visit the album (the link is shared at the end of the book).

© Ferlin F. Pedro

June 10, 2012

© Fidal Bassier

© John Greene

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11 - Ogle Seawall to Sparendaam

© Ayanna Waddell

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11 - Ogle Seawall to Sparendaam

June 10, 2012

© Krysta Bisnauth

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© John Greene

© Taijrani Rampersaud

© Ryan A. Beharry

© Amanda Richards

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© Nikita Blair

© Ferlin F. Pedro

© Amanda Richards © Savita Balkaran

© Savita Balkaran

© Savita Balkaran

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11 - Ogle Seawall to Sparendaam

June 10, 2012

© Amanda Richards

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11 - Ogle Seawall to Sparendaam

June 10, 2012

© Fidal Bassier

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© Fidal Bassier

© Ryan A. Beharry

© Krysta Bisnauth

© Taijrani Rampersaud

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© Ian Rogers

© Ian Rogers

© Taijrani Rampersaud

© John Greene

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11 - Ogle Seawall to Sparendaam

June 10, 2012

© Savita Balkaran

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© Ferlin F. Pedro

© John Greene

11 - Ogle Seawall to Sparendaam

June 10, 2012

© John Greene

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(R-L): Krysta Bisnauth, Ferlin Pedro, Jermaine Fordyce, Amanda Richards, Nikita Blair, Savita Balkaran, Fidal Bassier, Ryan Beharry, Taijrani Rampersaud, Laljeet Ramdular, Ayanna Waddell, Angela Singh, Dwayne Hackett GUYANA PHOTOGRAPHERS’ FACEBOOK GROUP


Emancipation Day Emancipation Day provides an opportunity to explore the Afro-Guyanese cultural heritage. From food and crafts to beautiful family-themed outfits, the walk through the National Park on this day was truly memorable. While we did manage to capture a lot of the activities from that day, only two photographers uploaded images. Here is a brief glimpse of Emancipation Day celebrations in Guyana.

© Taijrani Rampersaud

© Taijrani Rampersaud

© Taijrani Rampersaud

© Taijrani Rampersaud

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12 - Emancipation Day

August 01, 2012

© Simon Moses Kothapalli

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Album Links Below are the links to the full albums on the Guyana Photographers’ Facebook Page, which contain all the images uploaded by members from the various Photowalks.

1. GP Photo walk #1 – Around Georgetown [August 07, 2011] https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.230899650284759&type=1 2. GP Photo walk #2 – Botanical Gardens [August 21, 2011] https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.237676302940427&type=1 3. GP Photo walk #3 – ECD [September 04, 2011] https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.244403222267735&type=1 4. GP Photo walk #4 – Canal #2 [Octpber 07, 2011] https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.259538947420829&type=1 5. GP Photo walk #5 – Hope Beach [October 23, 2011] https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.265654740142583&type=1 6. Kingston Jetty, An Impromptu Walk [November 07, 2011] https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.272169686157755&type=1 7. GP Photo walk #6 – Le Repentir Cemetery [November 12, 2011] https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.274609812580409&type=1P 8. Tiger Bay, An Impromptu Walk [November 20, 2011] https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.278815148826542&type=1 9. GP Photo walk #7 – Diamond to Castles [January 08, 2012] https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.306500056058051&type=1 10. GP Photo walk #8 - Linden [February 06, 2012] https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.325177537523636&type=1 11. GP Photo walk #9 – Ogle Sea-wall to Sparendaam [June 10, 2012] https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.402190629822326&type=1

Links

12. GP Photo walk #10 - Emancipation Day [August 01, 2012] https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.423956087645780&type=1

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