Pictorial Feature – By Francis Quamina Farrier:- 7-12 of 12 photos

Pictorial Feature – By Francis Quamina Farrier

There is that saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words”; as such, this pictorial feature is likely one of my longest articles. During the year, 2017, I have taken over a thousand photographs in many locations in Guyana, as well as abroad, so it was a bit of a challenge to select the dozen which I have submitted for publication here.

My hope is that you enjoy viewing them, as much as I enjoyed taking them. I also hope that you will find the brief stories accompanying them, interesting.


Let me say right away that I did not hear what President David Granger, MSS, MSM, was saying to Catholic Bishop Francis Alleyne, OSB, as I took this photograph.
However, this is certainly one of my most favourite photographs of 2017, which I took on July 1, 2017, in Georgetown. So what was the president saying to the Bishop? I have never asked either of them. In fact, I’ve been playing the game of showing this photograph to many, and asking them to imagine what the president might have been saying to the bishop. The answers range from the frightening to the hilarious. I now pose that very same question to you.



I took this photograph at the National Park in Georgetown on Emancipation Day, August 1, 2017. From left to right are; Dr. Mark Kirton, Dr David Hinds, Former Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson, Educator Nigel Wesmaas, and Roving Ambassador, Wesley Kirton.
Looking at this photograph you will observe that there are some doubles; Two Kirtons. Two University Professors. Two Davids. Two Hinds. Two sitting Parliamentarians. Two long-standing members of the WPA. Two with PhDs.
And By-the-way, just in case you consider this Pepperpot Feature of Photographs as being frivolous, just observe the statement on the Blue Board at the back which reads, “Indulge in life’s little treats.” Also observe how these Guyanese of varying political persuasions came together in Social Cohesion and were so happy in each other’s company.



I took this photograph with the Father and baby on July 29, 2017. It represents the more than 100 such photographs which I had taken this year, 2017, not only in Guyana, but over-seas as well. About ten years ago, I realized that there were many influential people in Guyana who were desecrating Father’s Day, by going on a merciless male bashing tirade. These otherwise good folks, include Social Workers and Pastors. Since Father’s Day was intended for the Good Fathers, I decided that what was happening on Father’s Day in Guyana, was terribly wrong, and so I decided to do something about it. I spoke with experts
such as the Head of the Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association, the late Frederick Cox, and his successor, Beverley Braithwaite-Chan. Also Pastor John Smith of Central Assembly of God and Pastor Raphael Massiah of the First Assembly of God, for advice and guidance. I wanted to have Father’s Day celebrated the way in which it was intended, and that is to honour the good Fathers in our society. Father’s Day is just one day, one Sunday in the year, and it should not be abused with pastors in particular, speaking exclusively about the bad fathers, when they ought to be speaking only about the GOOD FATHERS on that special day, and giving them words of recognition, praise and
encouragement. Over the past five years or so, there has been a decrease in the way Father’s Day has been desecrated in Guyana.



Ray Robinson producer of The Tides of Susanburg 

Pictured here is Ray Robinson who was the producer of Guyana’s first Radio Soap Opera, “The Tides of Susanburg” and its sequel “The Girl from Susanburg” which I wrote in the 1960s. His was the voice you heard at the start and end of each episode. After he migrated to the USA, I lost touch with my colleague and friend, Ray Robinson. Some years ago, I began diligent efforts to reconnect with him; we had
not seen each other in over thirty years. Finally, on Tuesday June 27, 2017, I visited with Ray Robinson in New York. It was a great reunion and we spoke at length about the contributions we both made to Guyana Radio from the colonial era into independence. Together we made history. Of course, I took photographs of him for myself, and also to show his cousin, Ron Robinson.



Sunday School Children playing

I was going by the 210 Christian Gospel Assembly Church on Upper Durban Street, Lodge, in Georgetown, on Monday July 24, 2017, when I thought I saw a bit of the Garden of Eden – Sunday School children enjoying their “Small Days” during the School Holidays. The children were so happy playing with each other, and the environment so clean, so beautiful, so green, that I went into the compound and got the permission of the teachers to take this photograph of what all children in Guyana should be enjoying; “The Good Life”, during their growing-up “Small Days” in an Eden-like Paradise.



Indigenous Karow Group at the GCA Family Fun Day

Members of the Karow Indigenous Group from the South Rupununi Savannah, Region Number 9, at the Guyana Cultural Association Family Fun Day in Brooklyn, New York, on Sunday September 3, 2017. These Guyanese hail from a remote village in the deep south of the country, which has no paved streets, no electricity; no building higher than one story and no cars as far as modern life goes. But they kept the Golden Arrowhead flying high, as they did their Indigenous dances and displayed other Indigenous cultural norms of their heritage. Before this trip, some of them had never been to Georgetown, and none of them had ever flown in a jet aircraft. They conducted themselves with dignity, decorum and charm wherever they went in the United States. I felt so proud of them as I took this photograph, and so many others.

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  • Ken Corsbie  On February 18, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    The body of your work, dedication, concern is pictorial. video recording, written social history of Guyana.

    On Sat, Feb 17, 2018 at 10:47 PM, Guyanese Online wrote:

    > guyaneseonline posted: “Pictorial Feature – By Francis Quamina Farrier > There is that saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words”; as such, this > pictorial feature is likely one of my longest articles. During the year, > 2017, I have taken over a thousand photographs in many loca” >

  • Carl Veecock  On February 20, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    I often wondered what happened to Ray
    I used to spend time at his home listening to classical music.
    Good to see that he is still around.

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