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Spike, Stan & Akkel Family

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Akel Lee Charles and I made Get Free, which BC Pires says is the best horror movie ever shot in Trinidad.

I gave myself the middle name "Lee". After two of my biggest influences, Spike Lee, the filmmaker, and Stan Lee, of Marvel Comics.

I lived three years in Tobago, because my mom is from there, but everything other than that was in the community of Laventille. Morvant, St Paul Street and Upper Wharton Street. I say the “community” of Laventille because people think we’re so disbanded. Laventille has the cuss-outs the bacchanal, the whatever, but we live so close to each other, and everybody know everybody [so] you have to be family-oriented. It easy to know when somebody is NOT from the area.

St Paul Street, where I live, is classified as one of the most dangerous areas in Trinidad. But I could tell people differently. I could leave, go where I want, when I want. I don’t have any involvement or any tie with any gangster that give me or nobody a pass. It’s where I grow, I just appreciate it.

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Trinidad Chose Me

My name is Piero Guerrini and, 28 years ago, I came to Trinidad for ten days. I’m still here.

I come from Grande Riviere but I was born in Italy. My father used to be a coal miner in Belgium and he would talk about how wonderful it was for him, as a young man, to go from Italy to a different country. My father used to go 1,000 metres below ground level to literally pickaxe coal out of the rock. He was paid by the amount of coal he was able fetch out of the mine every day. But he always passed me this idea of travelling. Since I’m 18, 19 years old, I’m saying, “Daddy, I’m not going to live in Italy. I want to travel.”

Finally, my father said to me, “Okay, I would like you to be close to me but you go ahead.” Since 20, I’ve been travelling. I became a photographer, because it combined my lifestyle and my desire very well. I travelled so much. Until I reached Trinidad and Trinidad chose me. From the first day, it was love at first sight.

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Purple Haze: Love or Confusion?

My name is Erline Andrews and I think Jimi Hendrix, the man BC Pires calls the best guitarist of all time, is overrated.

I come from John John, Laventille, where my mom and I lived with my grandparents and many aunts, uncles and cousins. I live now in Millennium Park, Trincity, with my mom. Technically I'm an only child. My father had four daughters after me with other women. My mother had two boys with my stepfather [whom] she married when I was nine. Both father and stepfather died years ago.

I don't feel any great need to have a family. I’m a unique person. This is not a boast. And its not easy for me to get along with people unless I pretend to be what I'm not, which I'm not willing to do.

At Holy Family pre-school with my cousins, they called us The Brady Bunch. At St Christopher's Preparatory [another] private school, I encountered children of all ethnic and class backgrounds. I was considered very bright. Teachers' only complaint was that I was too talkative. At St Francois College, my first all-girls experience, the student body wasn't as diverse. I would hang out with one Indian girl in my form one class and talk about rock music. [After UWI] in my early 30s I went to Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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The Sound of Natural Music

Photographs by Mark Lyndersay.

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Avianne Callender and my all-acoustic instruments music band, Terrenaissance, has a new EP, Earthology.

I was born and raised in Diego Martin and Diamond Vale, a place I loved for the little bit of greenery here and there. And the sense of wonder, serenity and adventure that comes with being near nature… Even if that only means neighbourhood parks and backyard trees.

My small direct family [is well] but, sometimes, I am reminded of a deceased aunt or uncle by someone else's reference to a word. A song. A facial expression. [Even] a meal. People remain with us in the smallest of ways.


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​A mail lady

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Sharon Atwell and I am a post lady.

I consider myself blessed to be from Santa Cruz, born and bred. Brian Lara and I grew up together. We used to go to parties. We used to go to Santa Cruz RC harvest. We used to have a nice time. Brian is one of the best things to have come out of Santa Cruz. One of them.

I come from a big family of ten, seven girls, three boys. I’m the fourth child and fourth girl. One, two, three, four girls and then the rest were boys.

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Spike, Stan & Akkel Family

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Akel Lee Charles and I made Get Free, which BC Pires says is the best horror movie ever shot in Trinidad.

I gave myself the middle name "Lee". After two of my biggest influences, Spike Lee, the filmmaker, and Stan Lee, of Marvel Comics.

I lived three years in Tobago, because my mom is from there, but everything other than that was in the community of Laventille. Morvant, St Paul Street and Upper Wharton Street. I say the “community” of Laventille because people think we’re so disbanded. Laventille has the cuss-outs the bacchanal, the whatever, but we live so close to each other, and everybody know everybody [so] you have to be family-oriented. It easy to know when somebody is NOT from the area.

St Paul Street, where I live, is classified as one of the most dangerous areas in Trinidad. But I could tell people differently. I could leave, go where I want, when I want. I don’t have any involvement or any tie with any gangster that give me or nobody a pass. It’s where I grow, I just appreciate it.

Read more

Trinidad Chose Me

My name is Piero Guerrini and, 28 years ago, I came to Trinidad for ten days. I’m still here.

I come from Grande Riviere but I was born in Italy. My father used to be a coal miner in Belgium and he would talk about how wonderful it was for him, as a young man, to go from Italy to a different country. My father used to go 1,000 metres below ground level to literally pickaxe coal out of the rock. He was paid by the amount of coal he was able fetch out of the mine every day. But he always passed me this idea of travelling. Since I’m 18, 19 years old, I’m saying, “Daddy, I’m not going to live in Italy. I want to travel.”

Finally, my father said to me, “Okay, I would like you to be close to me but you go ahead.” Since 20, I’ve been travelling. I became a photographer, because it combined my lifestyle and my desire very well. I travelled so much. Until I reached Trinidad and Trinidad chose me. From the first day, it was love at first sight.

Read more

Purple Haze: Love or Confusion?

My name is Erline Andrews and I think Jimi Hendrix, the man BC Pires calls the best guitarist of all time, is overrated.

I come from John John, Laventille, where my mom and I lived with my grandparents and many aunts, uncles and cousins. I live now in Millennium Park, Trincity, with my mom. Technically I'm an only child. My father had four daughters after me with other women. My mother had two boys with my stepfather [whom] she married when I was nine. Both father and stepfather died years ago.

I don't feel any great need to have a family. I’m a unique person. This is not a boast. And its not easy for me to get along with people unless I pretend to be what I'm not, which I'm not willing to do.

At Holy Family pre-school with my cousins, they called us The Brady Bunch. At St Christopher's Preparatory [another] private school, I encountered children of all ethnic and class backgrounds. I was considered very bright. Teachers' only complaint was that I was too talkative. At St Francois College, my first all-girls experience, the student body wasn't as diverse. I would hang out with one Indian girl in my form one class and talk about rock music. [After UWI] in my early 30s I went to Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Read more

The Sound of Natural Music

Photographs by Mark Lyndersay.

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Avianne Callender and my all-acoustic instruments music band, Terrenaissance, has a new EP, Earthology.

I was born and raised in Diego Martin and Diamond Vale, a place I loved for the little bit of greenery here and there. And the sense of wonder, serenity and adventure that comes with being near nature… Even if that only means neighbourhood parks and backyard trees.

My small direct family [is well] but, sometimes, I am reminded of a deceased aunt or uncle by someone else's reference to a word. A song. A facial expression. [Even] a meal. People remain with us in the smallest of ways.


Read more

​A mail lady

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Sharon Atwell and I am a post lady.

I consider myself blessed to be from Santa Cruz, born and bred. Brian Lara and I grew up together. We used to go to parties. We used to go to Santa Cruz RC harvest. We used to have a nice time. Brian is one of the best things to have come out of Santa Cruz. One of them.

I come from a big family of ten, seven girls, three boys. I’m the fourth child and fourth girl. One, two, three, four girls and then the rest were boys.

Read more

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