Since 2011, Ghana has housed the street art festival Chalewote, which showcases different art expressions such as street paintings, graffiti murals, photography and more. It is held on the major high street of the historical Jamestown, Accra, one of the cradles of Ghana’s fight against colonialism.
Arinzechukwu Patrick, known for his poetry and photo stories on The Random Thoughts Africa, takes us on a tour of Jamestown where this popular art festival holds, with a photo series called Jamestown: What A Beautiful Life.
Here is what he had to say about Jamestown:
On The Architecture
"Jamestown’s extensive and intervallic deep historical story has left many markers and architectural masterworks. Describing the town as ‘greatest of art comes from the humblest origins’ is no understatement; it is there to see.
The architecture, which is what I first notice on arrival to any place, is easy to fall in love with, the stones falling apart only now, after ages, showing the level of skill the bricklayers possessed and shedding light to how much knowledge we have lost as a people."
"Colours never fail to amaze me as an artist. Despite how colourless the lives of the inhabitants of Jamestown are, there is a huge amount of colour present in the community.
Colors affect our brain and so, editing these into the colours I have presented them in was a mood, and each image with its unique colour, depicts what the mood was the day it was taken."
On The People
"The poses in these photos depict carefreeness. My favourite moment was watching a group of boys run on a stone bridge, back flip into the sea and then swim back to the beach to repeat the process, with no care in the world.
Their mouths tore wide open with laughter and their teeth shone clean, their penises flung about loosely on their waist and their black skin sparkled in the bright sun. It was beautiful to watch."
On The Beach
"One of the nicest things about being in Jamestown was being on the beach, either sitting on the canoes and watching the sea or standing on the beach with the waves kissing my feet. It was those beach visits that made me realize the simple things that made living worth it, absolute freedom.
I also liked the maze-like routes, which served as spots where men meet to smoke marijuana and other things they did without regard for the law and the effect their actions have on the community."