Guyana: My twelve Favourite Photographs of 2019 – by Francis Quamina Farrier

— by Francis Quamina Farrier
This is the third consecutive year in which I am publishing my twelve Favourite Photographs of the previous year. This is a rather subjective exercise. However, I always hope for, and do receive, many favourable comments. So, here goes: My twelve favourite photographs of 2019.

Mayor Muriel Browser of Washington, DC, USA, interacts with 101 year old Plaisance-born, DC-based Geraldine McRae at the 33rd. Annual Senior Citizens Luncheon Hosted by the Mayor, in the Capital of the USA. Mayor Muriel Bowser was most gracious in response to my request for her to pose with the Guyanese centenarian and her two children for this photograph. (Photo by Francis Q. Farrier)

A KISKADEE, in all it’s majesty, perched on a roof top in Georgetown, Guyana, under a cloudless brilliant blue sky and listening to the traffic noises below. But still whistling its sweet song, All early morning long. Sweet, sweet, lovely Kiskadee. Oh, how I love thee. (Photo by Francis Q. Farrier)

I took this photograph from the deck of the Leguan to Parika T&HD Ferry Boat. In the foreground is a portion of the Essequibo river. This is one of the hundreds of beaches here in Guyana. This one is at the estuary of the Essequibo river at Parika, Region 3. Note how clean this beach is being kept. (Photo by Francis Q. Farrier)

When I asked this young Sister and Brother from Pakuri (formally St. Cuthbert’s Mission) on the Upper Mahaica river, Region 4, to pose for me, this was how they looked at each other as I clicked away. They had just finished a dance performance at the Umana Yana in Georgetown on May 21, which also impressed the large audience. (Photo by Francis Q, Farrier)

The Dynamic Guyanese Entertainer Adrian Dutchen with his Wife and two children, after his performance at the Guyana Cultural Association Family Fun Day in Brooklyn, New York, on Sunday September 1, 2019. A portion of Adrian’s performance was akin to a Religious Rally. Hallelujah. A story for Guyanese Social Workers and Pastors to relate on Father’s Day 2020. (Photo by Francis Q. Farrier)

World War 2 Veteran Benjamin Durant, familiarly called Uncle Benjie, smiles as he hears President David Granger shower praise on those who served the Nation in a military capacity. It was at a ceremony  at the Legionaries on Remembrance Day, November 10, 2019. While many Guyanese show respect for our Elders, sadly, there are those who display a lack of respect for the Elders in Guyana, referring to them as “dinosaurs”, and saying that “they must go one side” as a very powerful and influential political individual stated in the presence of many youngsters. Uncle Benjie celebrated his 101 Birthday on November 15, 2019. (Photo by Francis Q. Farrier)

This young lady was one of the students who attended the OIL & GAS presentation by Dr. Mark Bynoe at Linden on February 1, 2019. I have looked at this bright young face many times, and have thought of the highly intelligent interaction she had with Dr. Bynoe. Subsequently, I entitled this photo, “The Future of Oil and Gas in Guyana”. Just look at those sparkling eyes. That Mona Lisa smile. (Photo by Francis Q. Farrier)

Among my all-time top ten Guyanese Women Broadcasters, Andrea Joseph, interviewing among my all-time top ten Guyanese Politicians, Vincent Alexander, CCH, at the National Cultural Centre at the Investiture Ceremony on May 24, 2019. Please observe the professional interaction as frozen in this “One Moment in Time”. (Photo by Francis Q. Farrier).

Their ancestors were brought from Africa and from India; both with a tradition of a pre-wedding ceremony – Kwe Kwe and Matticore – and the two cultures were fused here as Guyanese dance in A Circle of Love at the Guyana Cultural Association of New York event in Brooklyn on August 30, 2019. (Photo by Francis Q. Farrier)

Region 6 Royalty, Sonia Jairam, is the reigning Miss Berbice. In this photograph she is about to join other Youths in a Youth Week 2019 March around New Amsterdam, but she graciously took time out to pose for this photograph for her new-found “Uncle Francis”. (Photo by Francis Q. Farrier)

David “G” Buses Numbers 20 and 21 parked in front of the Ministry of Education on Brickdam in Georgetown, Guyana, attracted my attention. President David Arthur Granger, a Father and Grand Father, recognized the need for students who are sometimes packed 24, in mini buses registered to carry 14, need his “Fatherly” assistance. Let’s hope that more Social Workers and Pastors in Guyana lift up Father Figures such as President Granger, in their FATHER’S DAY messages in 2020. STOP the Male Bashing on Father’s Day. STOP packing students like sardines in mini buses. (Photo by “FQF” as the President usually addresses me)

This photograph of The British High Commissioner to Guyana, His Excellency Greg Quinn, and two Guyanese was taken by Francis Quamina Farrier at the Guyana Legion on Remembrance Day Sunday November 10, 2019. Please observe the thumbs-up by the lady for the High Commissioner.
The above caption to this photograph was written on November 14, 2019. A month later the High Commissioner was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Queen’s University in Ireland. So I  am wondering whether my mention of “the thumbs-up” in the caption above establishes that I am “A SEE-FAR MAN”, without knowing it. (Photo by Francis Q. Farrier, November 10, 2019)

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  • Charles Cadogan  On 01/04/2020 at 2:50 am

    Thoroughly enjoyed the photos and the stories / comments following them.

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