Geez Photowalk #23 (Terres Sainville FDF, Martinique)

Every Thursdays, I drop a video on youtube where I’m sharing the street photography experience one shot at a time!

We are going through a few photowalks in Martinique, a French Caribbean island where I’m from. In this episode, I am hanging out in les Terres Sainville, which is a neighbourhood of Fort-de-France in the capital of the island.

I used to live in this neighbourhood until I was about 7 years old before moving in another town on the Southern side of the island so it is always bringing out sweet memories whenever I go to Terres Sainville.

I actually passed by my old pre-school (maternelle) in this photowalk, interestingly, a young kid with his little brother and is mom was sprinting when I caught him on camera, this could have been me a 30+ years ago with my mother and my little brother.

Also, another interesting fact, the primary school next to my pre-school has been used for the photography Inside Out project initiated by the French artist JR. I had seen those portraits in a previous trip last year but didn’t make the connection with the inside out project until I’ve done some research to write this post.

One thing I like about Terres Sainville is the way it is located between the City center and another neighborhood overlooking it called Trenelle Citron. Trenelle Citron has a South American vibe to it, it does look like a Brasilian favela when checking it out from afar. All those houses mixed with vegetation on a steep hill.

Some stairs leading to Trenelle Citron made of many colourful pieces of tiles set up as a mosaic also reminds me on a smaller scale of the famous Brasilian selaron staircase in Rio, Brasil.

One thing that helps with the childhood nostalgia is the fact that Terres Sainville seems to not being affected by time. The streets and the feel is pretty much identical to when I was a young kid going to school or errands on my own. And it is not a bad thing, there is authenticity and a strong soul in those quarters.

After my trip down memory lane, I did hang out a bit in Fort-de-France city center, always hunting for interesting images.

One thing I noticed was the quality of the graffitis back home, talented artists have sprung up and some of those murals are just a pleasure to look at.

All in all, this was a beautiful sunny day and a joy for me to introduce you to some places that means a lot to me. I’ll end this post with a couple of photographs referencing Aime Cesaire,  a Martinican poet, author, and politician well known for being one of the founders of the Négritude movement in Francophone literature.

I have two more photowalks based in Martinique but on the sea side coming along the way, so stay tuned and see you soon.

You can watch the full (edited) video on my youtube channel and as usual, give it a play. Like and subscribe to show some love!

Until next time,