an investigative photo documentary

Exclusive 20-page photo essay from our investigative journalist team in collaboration with award-winning photojournalist Kibwe Brathwaite. Location: Chaguaramas, Trinidad and Tobago Copyright Wondereur 2018.

MEET with artist Nadia Huggins curated by award-winning filmmaker Mariel Brown.

Huggins
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I WOULD SWIM OUT REALLY FAR AND THEN JUST FLOAT TO CLEAR MY MIND.
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There was a period within the last 10 years when the beach wasn’t at the forefront of my day-to-day being. I remember the first time I went back to the water, I went alone. It’s a very different experience, going by yourself as opposed to going with friends. It’s really a quiet, introspective time.
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I don’t know if it’s the minerals in the ocean, but every time I go, anything I’m dealing with just kind of gets shed in the sea.
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IT JUST FEELS LIKE HOME.
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My father was completely addicted to technology. When the first digital camera came out, he got one. I spent my time just experimenting with whatever equipment he got. I then started teaching myself via the Internet. I still have really good friends from deviantART that I met around 11 years ago.
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I’ve had to find my way through the world of photography without having a system in place for myself, which has been really challenging.
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About eight years ago, when my father passed away, I wanted to get something to honour his memory and got a tattoo of a Bridget Riley drawing that he loved. It wasn’t so much for people to see, but more for me to feel – and make me feel more confident with myself.
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To really capture a moment, you have to focus on just one layer of this moment. It’s something that I trained my mind to tune into. You have to be fully present and block out everything else.
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It’s not so much what you include in the image, but what you leave out. So I’m always constantly trying to leave out the unnecessary bits.
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IT’S ALMOST LIKE TUNNEL VISION.
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I’M REALLY TRYING TO EXPLORE THE UNDERLYING THEMES OF A SITUATION.
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I mean what is actually being felt by people. It doesn’t matter where you come from; I think everybody sort of deals with similar things.
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I LOOK AT THE WORLD IN A VERY SURREAL KIND OF WAY.
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I CREATE DREAMSCAPES.
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When I photographed these young men jumping off the rock, the most interesting moment was when they were passing through the water and then had to re-surface to take a breath.
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At that exact moment, they just completely let go and allowed themselves to be vulnerable and be themselves. And I found that moment particularly beautiful.
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I’M INTERESTED IN THE PURITY OF A MOMENT AND THE ESSENCE OF WHAT YOU FEEL — NOT SO MUCH WHAT YOU SEE.