In A World Of Their Own



Published by: Robert & Christopher Publishers (Trinidad & Tobago)
Photographs by: Maria Nunes
Essay by: Shivanee Ramlochan
Editors: Melanie Archer and Mariel Brown
Designer: Richard Mark Rawlins

ISBN 978-976-96142-0-8
Publication © 2018 Robert & Christopher Publishers
Images © Maria Nunes

300 colour and black and white images
10″ x 10″, 216 pages


Over the past decade, photographer Maria Nunes has been documenting the people who fight to uphold an ethos of Carnival in which creating and performing while paying homage to tradition is central. In a World of Their Own features 300 of Nunes’ stunning and sensitively made colour and black and white photographs of these dreamers and makers, from her unique perspective inside Trinidad Carnival. Through her lens, we travel through time and space in Carnival, from the preparation beforehand, to the last rays of light at dusk on Carnival Tuesday. We enter yards and living rooms as traditions are passed on and skills are honed, we see ideas develop and costumes come to life. We visit Belmont, the Savannah, East Port of Spain and South Quay; Paramin, Perseverance Village, Arima, Moruga, Mayaro, Debe and San Fernando. We take to stages, gayelles and streets, through the unfolding days of Carnival, revelling in all of the beauty, darkness, light, and colour of transcendental performances.

Edited by Melanie Archer and Mariel Brown, In a World of Their Own is 216 pages and features a lyrical essay by Shivanee Ramlochan, who contributes ideas of document, archive and memory. In a World of Their Own also features excerpts of interviews conducted with makers pictured in the book, who give further, invaluable insight: Adrian Young, Alan Vaughan, Anderson Patrick, Darlington ‘Boysie’ Henry, Desmond Noel, Etienne Charles, Kemoi Harper, Lionel Jagessar Senior, Narcenio ‘Señor’ Gomez, Narrie Approo, Ronald Alfred, Shynel Brizan, Steffano Marcano, Stephanie Kanhai, Tekel ‘Salti’ Sylvan, Tracey Sankar-Charleau, and Wendell Manwarren.





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