Nassau, Bahamas -
Hundreds of photographs
were received by the Downtown Nassau Partnership (DNP) in the
the City Collage project, signaling a stronger connection to downtown
by the local community than most might guess. The photos also captured
some amazing visuals of downtown that are missed by passers-by. For
many participants, the project allowed them to tap the spirit of the
City. Indeed during the submission period from February 1 - April 10
the Spirit was alive and kicking!
Photos by Benjamin Pratt
Every bit of the city
was captured. The most recurring theme in the photos was public safety
captured in the presence of police in the downtown area. The color hues
in buildings, vehicles, trees, animals, people and other objects reflect
a unique sense of place and showcased the vibrancy and vigor of Nassau.
Some photos captured the recent fire in downtown and the soon-to-be
completed Straw Market; illustrating the changes that are being made
- some planned and others beyond man’s control.
There are images of nature.
The flowers, birds, horses, trees, sky, sea, sun and clouds serve as
reminders that other species inhabit downtown. As humans, we share downtown
with all of nature. The photos also featured established and emerging
downtown businesses. The photos reflect the hospitality, passion, and
creativity of the people which results in a service culture and experience
unique to the city.
Photos were submitted
by children, students, teenagers, young adults and older people, each
featuring Nassau through different lenses. “The project causes one
to pause and see downtown for what it is and what it can become. I
believe the true spirit of downtown was captured by the contributors”,
said Gevon Moss, DNP project manager. He continued, “We are pleased
with both the quality and quantity of the images that we received.”
John Bull provided a
$500 gift card as the grand prize for the “Capture the Spirit of the
City” project. The winner will be announced at a special event
and have a chance to express what is represented in the images.
The DNP will continue
to find creative opportunities for the community engagement in the revitalization
of the city of Nassau. This project alone has generated more discussions
on the possibilities and the need for the public to get involved in
shaping the city. Special thanks to the participants for their contribution.
As part of the celebrations
for the 150th anniversary of the city of Nassau in November
2011, the DNP plans to unveil the photo collage of the City as a truly
dynamic and vibrant contribution to the city’s revitalization.
About the Downtown
The Downtown Nassau Partnership
(DNP) is an interim organization formed in 2008 as a joint venture of
the private and public sectors to achieve a progressive redevelopment
of the city of Nassau. One of its main tasks will be to develop a framework
for government to legislate a self-financing Business Improvement District
that will manage and promote the City of Nassau going forward.
The DNP is guided by an 11-member Board with Charles Klonaris and Vernice
Walkine as co-chairmen.