Riddym of Jamaica's walls explored through a series of picture stories
Riddym is a new body of work which explores the language of Jamaica's walls connected to Jamaican music and is part of a wider documentary photography project called Hand-painted Jamaica.
The new work traces the visuality of Jamaican music that has been hand-painted on walls across the island in the form of graffiti, commercial signs and street art. It includes interviews and photographs with Jamaican sign-painters and mural artists.
One of the aims of the work is to act as document to these art forms and to record the unique visuality and language of Jamaica's walls connected to Jamaican music.
The project comes at a time when the world is facing unprecedented challenges in the face of the Coronavirus. During this time when the world is shutting down to contain the virus artists and communities are increasingly looking at digital ways to stay connected.
Art and sharing of stories can play an important role in helping us stay resilient and connected. So, in response to these changing times, I am creating this digital platform to share picture and video stories collected in Jamaica.
A link and a brief summary of each part of the new Riddym series will be available below and this will take you to the blog hosted on Tumblr @traceythorne you can also follow on Instagram using #Riddym20 and #handpaintedjamaica