I have lived, worked and travel throughout the Caribbean discovering places not realized as part of the Caribbean but these place have a deep history. Visiting Panama I had the opportunity to San Blas Island where the Kuna Indians live and are related to the Carib Indians. In Colombia, Cartagena serve as a slave port for distribution to Caribbean Islands. In Colombia many slaves escaped and established San Basilio de Palenque and established the first free African city in the Americans. Every October when the Americas celebrate Columbus they have a Drum Festival to celebrate Benko Bioho who lead the uprising. Every June in the Eastern Providence of Santiago de Cuba celebrates one of it Caribbean neighbors.
When not celebrating another country Cutumba Folkloric Ballet travels the world dancing with their hearts. I love capturing the culture and people of the African Diaspora around the world. This helps bring in the preservation of history and to introduce an audience to a culture they may not have realized existed. I have taught children photography from the USA to Africa how to photograph their community and history. My has been exhibited across USA, Cuba, Ghana, Uganda and Paris. I am a self taught photographer who has been photographing over 40 years.
- Jonathan French Washington, District of Columbia