#1 in a series of photo stories about the lives of Bajan deaf people.
As told to The Calypso Project which is empowering the Barbados deaf community to advocate their needs and wants to their government, public services, businesses and general public.
Scott is a photographer.
Scott and I have collaborated on ‘I Have a Dream’ – a photography exhibition about the Bajan deaf community and landscape.
Next month, we’ll jointly exhibit our work at the Frank Collymore Hall – Barbados’ biggest cultural venue.
“When I was 16, I told my teachers I want to learn photography and set up my own business,’ says Scott. “But they said “You can’t become a photographer because it doesn’t make any money.” Instead they forced me to learn about making leather belts. Leather belts!? I wasn’t interested in that. I really wanted to go to university and learn photography.”
“I have a dream. While I work part-time in a restaurant cleaning the tables, I’ve also started my own photography business. It’s called Greenspeedz.”
“As I’m deaf, I see things visually. My photos offer a different perspective. Hearing people don’t need to be afraid of using me just because I’m deaf. I do family portraits, product shots and landscapes. I love seeing the beauty in everything and knowing that one photo can say more than a thousand words.”
For further details about the Calypso project go to: www.thecalypsoproject.com