Tenth Anniversary Photowalks, Volume 1

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Photos from walks held on June 6th and 7th, 2020 Heart of GT Lusignan - Annandale Seawall Vreed-en-Hoop Cuffy Monument A

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GUYANA PHOTOGRAPHERS: Tenth Anniversary Photowalks, Volume 1 is compiled and edited by Fidal Bassier, Taijrani Rampersaud, and Michael C. Lam

Published by VISIONS Publication date: July 29, 2020

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GUYANA PHOTOGRAPHERS’ FACEBOOK GROUP All images are the copyright of the respective photographers. No part of this publication may be reproduced without permission from the Publisher or the Photographer(s) whose works are portrayed. No image may be used without the permission of the respective photographer. Cover photograph by Brian Gomes.


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PHOTOWALKS VOLUME 1 - June 6th-7th, 2020

To commemorate the tenth Anniversary of the Guyana Photographers’ Facebook Group, we decided to hold a series of Photowalks around Guyana. Photowalks are excellent because enable photographers to meet in person, to share and learn from each other in real time, as well as to take photographs while participating in a group activity. The resulting images usually convey differences in views from photographer to photographer, even though many point their cameras at the same subjects. Furthermore, they serve to demonstrate the abilities of the photographers regardless of the device they use - whether they take pictures with a DSLR camera, a point-and-shoot camera, or a mobile device. This volume of the Tenth Anniversary Photowalks magazine contains self-curated images from the photographers who participated on the first weekend. It must be noted that all participants adhered strictly to national guidelines and safety measures regarding COVID-19. The organizers also helped to have smaller groups undertake the walks by planning simultaneous activities. On this first weekend, four walks were planned and executed. There were two walks on June 6, 2020: Heart of GT Walk led by Darrell Carpenay, and Lusignan – Annandale Seawall Walk led by Michael C. Lam. The following day, June 7, 2020, the remaining two were conducted: Vreed-en-Hoop Walk led by Tana Yussuff, and Cuffy Monument Walk led by Brian Gomes. Following these walks on weekend one, the participants then selected a maximum of ten images from their haul to be published in this magazine. These pictures convey to others the individual experience of each photographer on those walks. Even though they are being shared with the public through this publication, kindly remember that images remain the property of the respective photographers and should not be replicated in any form without their consent. We hope you enjoy these artistic insights into the lives of Guyanese and places in Guyana from these four unique locations!


Heart of GT Walk with Darrell Carpenay

The Heart of GT Walk took photographers on a journey through one of Geogetown’s most interesting areas. The walk began at Parliament Building, located at High and Brickdam Streets, in front of the statue of Hubert Nathaniel Critchlow. Critchlow is a legendary Guyanese popularly referred to as “father of the modern trade union movement in Guyana.” The group then ventured deeper - into more bustling territory on entering the historic Stabroek Market area, which is easily one of the most enthralling and busiest regions in the city. Stabroek Market has a history which dates back to the 1800s and is possibly the most iconic, man-made structure in Guyana. Within the same vicinity are multiple mini-bus parks, street vendors, and taxi parks to satisfy the needs of the thousands of people who traverse the area daily - all of which made for great interactions and photographs.

As someone who has lived most their life in Georgetown, and has walked this route countless times, the decision to organise and lead the Heart of GT Walk for the Guyana Photographers’ Tenth Anniversary Photowalk Series was almost instinctive. Moreover, to share the experience with a group of passionate and talented individuals who were able to capture this part of Guyana’s capital city in their own exclusive way was an absolute pleasure.

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The next leg of the walk took us along the Avenue of

the Republic, where many of Guyana’s most important buildings are located, including the High Court, the Magistrate’s Court, City Hall, and Bank of Guyana. Guyana’s colonial history is very evident along this stretch, with quite a few structures from that era, beautifully crafted canals lined with flamboyant trees, and aesthetically pleasing, though poorly maintained, metal and concrete infrastructure. There’s absolutely no denying that the architects of Georgetown intended for it to be a city of beauty, elegance, and functionality.

Signs of the Era on Croal St., Georgetown © Darrell A. Carpenay

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Parked but not forgotten © Bryan Nobrega

St Andrew’s Kirk, Georgetown © Johnnathan Kanhai

New Building Society © Bryan Nobrega

Social distancing markings in front of the Magistrate’s Court © Johnnathan Kanhai

Heart of GT Walk with Darrell Carpenay

The Republic Arch of Guyana which was rehabilitated is a rare gem of Guyana © Bryan Nobrega

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St. George's Cathedral Reflection, Georgetown © Darrell A. Carpenay

City Engineers Building © Bryan Nobrega

The grill work of ACME PHOTO © Kenny Harrinaraine


'Even in these trying times we must not forget to live' - Ave. of the Republic, Georgetown © Johnnathan Kanhai

Drummers Under Demico House, Georgetown © Darrell Carpenay

Heart of GT Walk with Darrell Carpenay

A Pass Through Berbice Bus Park, Georgetown © Darrell Carpenay

Street Art © Bryan Nobrega

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Street jam despite depressing times #Covid-19 © Bryan Nobrega

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Young boys riding the bicycle wheelie on Regent St Georgetown © Kenny Harrinaraine

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"The Vendor " An old lady selling her fruits and vegetables in the Stabroek area. © Kenny Harrinaraine

From clothing and shoes to sanitizers and face masks #thenewhustle © Bryan Nobrega

Vendor Selling COVID-19 Prevention Supplies Near Stabroek Market, Georgetown © Darrell Carpenay

Urban Art On Avenue of the Republic, Georgetown © Darrell Carpenay


Bank of Guyana, Georgetown © Darrell Carpenay

© Johnnathan Kanhai

Heart of GT Walk with Darrell Carpenay

Street bikers showcasing there talents #wheelie © Bryan Nobrega

Hand-In-Hand on the Avenue of the Republic on a cool Saturday afternoon during Covid-19 © Bryan Nobrega

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Steel Arch showcasing Co-operative Republic at the City Hall © Bryan Nobrega

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The Phone Card Lady © Kenny Harrinaraine

© Johnnathan Kanhai

Vendors in the Stabroek Area, Georgetown © Darrell Carpenay

(L-R) Darrell Carpenay, Orson Hinds, Johnnathan Kanhai, Kenny Harrinaraine, Brian Nobrega


Heart of GT Walk Two Images, specially from the leader of the photowalk

Darrell Carpenay

Heart of GT Walk with Darrell Carpenay

Stabroek, Georgetown. © Darrell Carpenay

Street Vendor, Georgetown. © Darrell Carpenay

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Lusignan - Annandale Seawall Walk with Michael C. Lam

The stretch of seawall selected for this walk is about eight hundred metres long - beginning at the Lusignan pump station, passing the Annandale Koker and Pump Station and heading towards the mangrove area at Anandale (this stretch of Mangroves leads towards Buxton). These areas are not frequented by visitors as much as portions near/closer to Georgetown, but do see more fishermen and their boats, and there is usually some activity from residents of the surrounding area.

As part of the Anniversary Photowalks, I chose this area because of my love for the sea and the seawall, and also because of the diversity of images possible. While I personally like wide landscapes/seascapes, there is much activity surrounding the Koker area with fishermen, their boats, and associated activities. Due to the presence of mangroves, there is also a fair amount of birds, and as with almost any stretch of coast, you just never know what you might see, it changes all the time.

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At the time of the walk (3pm), the tide was low but beginning to rise, so there was some water near the wall itself in some parts. There were also some

fishermen and other visitors to the seawall giving the photographers a bit of variety to use.

Best Friends. Lugisnan Sea Side © Tana Yussuff

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The View along Lusignan seawalls © Bianca R. Campbell

A man's best friend is also man's favorite company on a fishing trip. Lugisnan Seaside. © Tana Yussuff

Distant Koker - a view from Anandale Seawall © Michael C. Lam

Lusignan - Annandale Seawall Walk with Michael C. Lam

The Wait. Lusignan Seawall, ECD. © Savita Balkaran

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After the Crossing - Anandale Seawall © Michael C. Lam

Return of the Bounty © Nikhil Ramkarran

Best Friends- Lusignan Seawall, ECD. © Savita Balkaran

Fisherman. Lugisnan Sea Side © Tana Yussuff

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Afternoon walk - Lusignan Seawall © Michael C. Lam

Leader © Maqsood Mansoor


Fisherman © Maqsood Mansoor

Lusignan - Annandale Seawall Walk with Michael C. Lam

Loyalty. Lusignan Seawall, ECD © Savita Balkaran

Fisher Men at Lusignan seawalls © Bianca R. Campbell

Daily hustle © Monique Sarius

Outlook Is Clear © Nikhil Ramkarran

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"Boat Parking Lot" at Lusignan Seawalls © Troy AA Parboo

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Koker and Pump Station - Lusignan-Anandale, ECD © Michael C. Lam

"Koker of the Past" - Lusignan Seawalls © Troy AA Parboo

Home Sweet Home © Maqsood Mansoor

For Sale at Lusignan seawalls © Bianca R Campbell

Lonely © Maqsood Mansoor

"Standing Tall" at Lusignan Seawalls © Troy AA Parboo


Homebound © Monique Sarius

"A Row of Scarlet Ibis" at Lusignan Seawalls © Troy AA Parboo

Lusignan - Annandale Seawall Walk with Michael C. Lam

Brown waters matter © Monique Sarius

Disillusioned berb (bird) © Monique Sarius

Protection © Maqsood Mansoor

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Holy Flowers © Monique Sarius

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Dragon Fly © Maqsood Mansoor

Jhandi Flag at Lusignan seawalls © Bianca R. Campbell

Religious Refuse © Nikhil Ramkarran

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Reused Now Refuse © Nikhil Ramkarran


"The Mast & Rope" at Lusignan Seawalls © Troy AA Parboo

Green at sea at Lusignan seawalls © Bianca R. Campbell

Lusignan - Annandale Seawall Walk with Michael C. Lam

"Rising Tide & Jhandi Flag" at Lusignan Seawalls © Troy AA Parboo

Afternoon at the wall - Lusignan, ECD © Michael C. Lam

Lowtide Layers - Anandale, ECD© Michael C. Lam

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Captain © Maqsood Mansoor

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"Seamen Offloading" at Lusignan Seawalls © Troy AA Parboo

Off loading Big Blue at Lusignan seawalls © Bianca R. Campbell

Boats at Lusignan seawalls © Bianca R. Campbell

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Abandoned © Maqsood Mansoor

Big Blue and Koker at Lusignan seawalls© Bianca R. Campbell

"Mangroves of Tomorrow" "Young Guardians of the Coast"© Troy AA Parboo

Fishing. Lusignan Sea Side © Tana Yussuff


Time to Rest © Maqsood Mansoor

Companions © Maqsood Mansoor

Offloading the catch of the day. Lugisnan Sea Side © Tana Yussuff

Moored boats © Monique Sarius

A Hindi God © Monique Sarius

Lusignan - Annandale Seawall Walk with Michael C. Lam

Flying Ibises © Monique Sarius

Prep to Throw at Lusignan seawalls © Bianca R. Campbell

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Waiting. Lusignan Sea Side © Tana Yussuff

People- Lusignan Seawall, ECD © Savita Balkaran

Boat on its way in at Lusignan seawalls © Bianca R. Campbell

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Jhandi Flag and Reflection - Lusignan © Michael C. lam


Peeling Paint Porn © Nikhil Ramkarran

"The Curve" at Lusignan Seawalls © Troy AA Parboo

Lusignan - Annandale Seawall Walk with Michael C. Lam

"Days End" at Lusignan Seawalls © Troy AA Parboo

Cabinet of the Captain© Nikhil Ramkarran

(L-R) Michael C. Lam, Bianca R. Campbell, Tory AA Parboo, Monique Sarius, Nikhil Ramkarran, Tana Yussuff, Savita Balkaran, Maqsood Mansoor

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Lusignan-Annandale Seawall Walk Two Images, specially from the leader of the photowalk

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Michael C. Lam

Fisherman's Gyaff - Lusignan, East Coast Demerara © Michael C. Lam

The Distant Koker - as seen from Annandale, East Coast Demerara © Michael C. Lam

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Vreed-en-hoop - Plastic City with Tana Yussuff

Plastic City is a settlement just off the Vreed-enHoop Stelling - going north about quarter of a mile from the Vreed-en-Hoop Secondary School. The settlement can be found along an old Dutch Jetty nested in the mangrove forest going north towards the mouth of Demerara River. The red mangrove roots trap soil particles and garbage and it is on this that the Plastic City settlers built their homes. There are small wooden homes that line the right side of the Jetty which leads to the Atlantic Ocean. There is no electricity and no potable water in the area. Each home is equipped with barrels and drums to catch rain water for home use. At the time of the walk (10am) some of the settlers were seen doing household chores or relaxing in their homes.

From July to September, the place is busy with people from nearby villages who catch crabs there. During this time, everyone would be cooking crabs in their homes in every way you could imagine one can cook and eat crab. Due to their hard way of life, the people there are a bit “ruff to the touch” and this is one of the communities that one would have to be “thick skinned” to live there. Towards the end of the jetty, one can get a clear view of the Georgetown skyline with some landmarks standing out. These include the Stabroek Market, Guyana Mariott Hotel, and the wharves.

Vreed-en-Hoop - Plastic City Walk with Tana Yussuff

Due to soil erosion and the distribution of house lots, many residents have moved, but many others

stayed on because some of them could not afford to relocate, and the area is a quick access point to Georgetown where many of them would look for a days work .

Jetty - Plastic City, West Coast Demerara © Sara Henry

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RGB © Fidal Bassier

Aunty picking/cleaning rice for lunch © Tana Yussuff

Early morning chores © Tana Yussuff

Shop © Fidal Bassier

Silvie's Delight © Fidal Bassier

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Parental Guidance - Pot spoon © Fidal Bassier


Village Shop. Plastic City © Tana Yussuff

Market Vendor © Fidal Bassier

Mangrove saplings thrive among garbage © Sara Henry

Vreed-en-Hoop - Plastic City Walk with Tana Yussuff

Siesta © Fidal Bassier

Shell on the Jetty - Vreed en Hoop, WBD © Savita Balkaran

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Vreed-en-Hoop - Plastic City Walk with Tana Yussuff

Tree - Trunks © Fidal Bassier

Plastic City © Tana Yussuff

Network of Mangrove Roots © Sara Henry

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Mangrove Forest - Plastic City, WCD © Sara Henry

Home sweet home © Dione Vanderhyden

Mangrove forest © Fidal Bassier


...through my eyes ....through my lens..... what I see ...what they saw... © Dionne Vanderhyden

The End. © Savita Balkaran

Dutch Seawall © Fidal Bassier

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Mangrove forest roots forcing its was through the vegetation to secure itself into the swamp below © Dione Vanderhyden

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Vreed-en-Hoop - Plastic City Walk with Tana Yussuff

The swing, lets play, swamp life, hard life, their life © Dionne Vanderhyden

Jetty © Sara Henry

A yard toilet in the mangrove forest ©Kenny Harrinaraine

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Plastic City, Vreed-en-Hoop © Savita Balkaran

Jetty © Sara Henry

Swing © Savita Balkaran

Swamp life... © Dionne Vanderhyden

Mudflats at low tide © Sara Henry

Jetty - Plastic City, WCD © Sara Henry


Walk on the edge ©Dionne Vanderhyden

Atlantic Coastline at Plastic City, WCD © Sara Henry

Deteriorated Jetty © Sara Henry

A little bit of everything © Dionne Vanderhyden

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Section of the broken jetty ©Kenny Harrinaraine

Jetty Line - Vreed-en-Hoop © Savita Balkaran

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Mud flat © Dione Vanderhyden

Rubbish to riches © Dione Vanderhyden

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From Below - The Jetty © Savita Balkaran

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Young and aspiring © Dione Vanderhyden

Scarlet Ibises feeding on the mud flat © Kenny Harrinaraine

Early morning chores © Tana Yussuff

(Back) Johnnathan Kanhai, Fidal Bassier, Paul Junior Singh, (Centre) Sarah Henry, Kenny Harrinarine, Dione Vanderhyden, (Front) Savita Balkaran, Tana Yusuf, Latrell Profit (taking the group selfie)

Shop © Fidal Bassier


Vreed-en-Hoop - Plastic City Two Images, specially from the leader of the photowalk

Tana Yussuff

Vreed-en-Hoop - Plastic City Walk with Tana Yussuff

Stabroek Stelling seen from Vreed-en-Hoop © Tana Yussuff

A fisherman's view © Tana Yussuff

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Cuffy Monument Walk with Brian Gomes

The 1763 Monument, also known as Cuffy, stands in the Square of the Revolution, D'Urban Park - at the head of Brickdam (street). Although one may not think of it immediately as a location for a photowalk, the area encompasses the Independence Arch, the Office of the President, Castellani House, the Church of the Nazarene with its burial ground and the entire D'Urban Park with the new Jubilee Park for events. It is very spacious and allows for very creative shooting.

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The monument was built to commemorate the 1763 Rebellion also known as the Great Rebellion. Though not successful in attaining freedom, it was considered as the first well-organized uprising by

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The 1763 monument, popularly called Cuffy.© Brian Gomes

the slaves against their oppressors, as they fought for their freedom. The name “Cuffy” was that of a house-slave who assumed a leading role during that rebellion. The uprising lasted more than a year before the slaves were overcome by their Dutch “masters” . The monument was designed by Mr Phillip Moore, an acclaimed local artist, and unveiled during Guyana’s Tenth Independence Anniversary celebrations. Images resulting from this walk try to capture the monument itself, but also a few others that lend to the nature of the area.

Cuffy - a man that fought for what we are now able to have in this country; freedom © Darnell Douglas


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© Brian Gomes

(all above) Art work that can be seen around the 1763 monument. © Brian Gomes

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It was as if this horse was beckoning me to take a photo of her © Darnell Douglas

Cuffy the leader of the 1763 Berbice slave rebellion. © Darnell Douglas

Taken at the Square of the revolution © Darnell Douglas

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The majestic Golden Arrowhead © Darnell Douglas

A super-sized Golden Arrowhead, the flag of Guyana, was raised at Jubilee Park on the occasion of our 50th Anniversary of Independence, on May 26th 2016. Since then it has been a notable feature of the landscape in the area. The flag measures sixty-five feet wide by thirty-five feet high and sits atop a flagpole that stands one hundred and eighty feet tall.

Cuffy Monument Walk with Brian Gomes

A veil of falling water. © Brian Gomes

Young men playing a game of football on the Durban Park tarmac. © Brian Gomes

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Cuffy Monument Walk Two Images, specially from the leader of the photowalk

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I took the opportunity to capture the 1763 monument's and the Golden Arrowhead's reflection in a pool of water © Brian Gomes

The 1763 monument lit by the bright afternoon sunlight © Brian Gomes


Our Walk Leaders Darrell Carpenay Darrell Carpenay is a part-time amateur photographer. He has lived most of my life in Georgetown, and began taking photography seriously in 2017. For the most part, his photos include street-photography, landscapes, and anything in between that captures his eye. His work was part of the VISIONS 2018 Exhibition.

Michael C. Lam Michael C. Lam is a Guyanese photographer. His influences include the work of Ansel Adams, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Darren Moore. The majority of his work tends to be high contrast black and white photographs, with a penchant for seascapes as evident in his Oniabo collection. In 2012, he co-exhibited with fellow photographer Nikhil Ramkarran in “Coastal Wanderings” at the National Gallery of Art, Castellani House. He was the Bronze medallist in the 2012 and 2017 Guyana Visual Arts Competition and Exhibition, short-listed in 2014. In 2014, he was the Chief judge for “Capture Guyana” photography competition. His work has been exhibited at Aljira, Newark, NJ; the Caribbean Cultural Centre African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), New York; the Queens Central Library, New York; the Organisation of American States’ Twenty Fourth Inter-American Congress of Ministers & High-Level Authorities of Tourism (2018), Guyana Marriott Hotel. In 2016, he exhibited in VISIONS Exhibition 2016 and later helped to organise subsequent installments of the said exhibition.

Tana Yussuff Tana Yussuff is an environmentalist by profession and has been lucky to travel to many remote parts of Guyana where her passion for photography developed. During her expeditions into the interior, she would use her camera phone to capture all of nature’s beauty. Her photographic eye has since grown to encompass Guyanese culture and environment while still taking pictures of the nature. She believes that we take pictures to record our personal view of the world. Tana has been an active member of Guyana Photographers’ Facebook Group for about one year now.

Brian Gomes is a Guyanese photographer. For many years, photography had been a hobby/side hustle for Brian. However, after losing his job in 2017, he made a decision to turn photography into his career, focusing on wedding photography/video. Over the years, he has ventured into many different genres of photography but is widely known for his work with nude art photography and the popular Made in Guyana nude calendar. Brian's work has been exhibited in the Organisation of American States (OAS) Indigenous Perspectives, twice in the Guyana Visual Arts Competition & Exhibition, Capture Guyana Photography Competition, and Visions Exhibition.

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