By Summer Edward
"In 2015, I took a beginner's course in photography at the University of West Indies Open Campus and it was during a class day trip to various beaches along the north coast of Trinidad that I took these shots. The human subjects remain unknown to me. I was drawn to them as faceless, candid figures against the backdrop of something larger. They seemed to be at ease both with that larger aspect and with each other. The women, in profile, bear a striking resemblance to my sister and deceased grandmother, and looking at the pair, there was a strange familiarity that struck me. I'm compelled by public flashes of intimacy between strangers and by the often fine line between intrusiveness and curiosity about/responsiveness to the world around us. A lot of my photograph compositions are an attempt to capture and negotiate that."
Summer Edward is a Caribbean-American writer from Trinidad. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Horn Book Magazine, Kweli Journal, Negative Capability Press, Waxwing Literary Journal, The Missing Slate, Matatu: Journal for African Culture and Society, Moko Magazine, Duende, The Ekphrastic Review, Bim: Arts for the 21st Century, sx salon, tongues of the ocean, The Columbia Review, The Caribbean Writer, Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora, ALTARWORK and others. She was thrice shortlisted for the Small Axe Literary Prize, nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and was selected for the NGC Bocas Lit Fest’s New Talent Showcase, spotlighting the best emerging Caribbean writers. Her work has been anthologized in Whaleheart: Journey into the Night with Maya Christina Gonzalez and 23 Courageous ArtistAuthors (Reflection Press, 2015) and New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean (Peepal Tree Press, 2016). She divides her time between Philadelphia and Trinidad.