Editors Pick :
Simon Joseph Vincenzo David - ‘Road to Zion’
Our second editors pick of the day goes to photographer Simon Joseph Vincenzo David. Graduating from
Falmouth University last year, David’s project ‘Road to Zion’ looks into the life on an island known as Wadadli in the West Indies.
David’s work invests time into the inhabitants, its beauty and how is socially and economically runs as a small, tourist trapped island.
"Antigua, also known as Wadadli, it is an island in the West Indies, a part of the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean. Antigua, means “ancient” in Spanish and was given its name by Christopher Columbus.
The island survives economically off of tourism. However, there is a large drug trafficking enterprise, mostly originating from Guadalupe and Jamaica. Tourists to the island of Antigua would probably never encounter this. A large majority of people smoke marijuana but not much of it is grown on the island, as it is mostly imported from Jamaica and other Caribbean nations. Crack cocaine, amongst other drugs, is also easy to obtain on the island.
In recent years there has been a heavy influence of American culture on the island, which affects the younger Antiguan generation. Predominantly the Hip/Hop music played on radios which highlights gangster lifestyle. Ironically this is in contrast to the passive nature of Antiguans. There are organizations, such as Credendo Vides and other groups which are trying to battle these new trends by creating after school programs.
On the Southern most tip of the island there is a leafy green lane which connects two of the main roads known to the locals as Crack Alley.”