Cupid's Cay, Bahamas, 1994-2007
Governor's Harbor, Eleuthera

By Kathy T. Hettinga
Dillsburg, Pennsylvania: Kathy T. Hettinga, 2007. Edition of 20.

7 x 8.25"; 35 pages with many foldouts, some scored vertically so that by folding and unfolding multiple views are possible. Archival inkjet on Epson 4000. Spiral bound. Font: Annifont and Faceplate Sans LE. Papers: Mohawk Superfine 100 lb (text); German Etch (cover); newsprint rice (endsheets).

A photographic documentation of the passing of a decade-plus on Eleuthera one of the out islands of the Bahamas) which was the first republic in the New World, and the first European Settlement in the Bahamas.

Kathy T. Hettinga: "I have extensively photographed the island of Eleuthera, as well as Harbour Island, and Spanish Wells, beginning in 1994, continuing in 1997, 1999, 2001, and 2007, while co-leading a Cross-cultural course for Messiah College students....

"This book focuses on the settlement of Cupid's Cay, and also includes some of my first experiences. The most seminal is that of Mrs. Sawyer singing gospel songs, and playing her tambourine in her modest home on Harbour Island. Her generosity in using her last sugar to bake us a cake stays in my memory....

"The way the Bahamians live graciously with natural beauty, often in poverty, reminds me inexplicably of the poor rural area where I grew up — the San Luis Valley in Southern Colorado. In the settlements of Eleuthera, I have photographed the same colorful homes, many times through the years. These are arranged chronologically, showing changes over more than a decade. The effects of time visible."