Buff Bay, Jamaica

22 November, 2009

Buff Bay, Jamaica 2006

Buff Bay, Jamaica. 2006.

In 2006 I visited Buff Bay, Jamaica. The story was a short-term missions trip by a group of high school students from Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California.

During their time there they helped with various works projects around a local Christian school/church. This boy was one of the local boys who attended the school. He was in several photos I took that day, but this one stood out as a metaphor of what many boys face in Jamaica, that is time behind bars.

At first I didn’t like that metaphor being attached to the image, but the truth was that crime is a grave concern for persons who are attempting to help the youths in that area. The person in charge of the school and hosting this missions group was Michael Aiken. He worked very hard to give these children alternate opportunities such as soccer and work projects.

Although I was not comfortable with the image at first, I did later enter it into a photo competition in Venice, Italy where it took first place in its category.

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