Me. Seven years old. A Pocket Kodak Instamatic 110 camera.
Self-promotion isn't my comfort zone; I've always believed that one's work should speak for itself, but I consider myself an adept cinematographer and director who is constantly evolving and learning. Embracing creative transformation is important to me.
I became known for the music videos I created for various Caribbean artists, but I’ve always been rooted in a documentary style of filmmaking — it’s what I learned straight out of high school at the pioneering video production company Banyan Ltd., where I started my career.
There, I learned the rules of filmmaking and the importance of documenting our heritage. During those early days, I had to get creative due to limited resources, which sparked my love for experimentation and pushed me to find new, unconventional ways to tell stories.
I’m excited about the next chapter of my career, in which I want to continue focusing on doing documentary work that makes a difference and projects that highlight the rich, vibrant culture of the Caribbean.
A couple of examples:
— The staycation series “This Is Home" (Carnival) examines the roots of traditional Trinidad and Tobago Carnival characters, presenting the costumes in unexpected ways.
— “We Going Pan”, a short I directed in 2023, tells the story of attending the world’s most prestigious steelpan competition, Trinidad and Tobago Carnival’s “Panorama”, and artistically chronicles the experience surrounding the event.
I’m currently working on a docuseries that highlights the achievements of famous calypsonians and soca artists, the first installment of which was “King David”, which focused on the music of Trinbagonian “lyricsonian” David Rudder. My aim is to broaden the series even further to include some of the most iconic musicians of the region.
Part of the joy of a creative life is coming up with fresh ideas and developing new projects (while making sure to fit in some time to go surfing).