Jamaica: Summer of 2014

Jamaica_Reggae_Sumfest_Fit_Fathers..... 061I’m a nomad by nature. The simple things in life ignite my passion. Water, sun, plant food, family, friends, reggae music, nature and animals — in no particular order — are the key ingredients to my happiness. This is the reason I travel to Jamaica a few times a year, especially in July for Reggae Sumfest. The purity of the land, the positive vibrations of the music and the enthusiastic spirits of the people enlightens me to the fullest while running the hills with the locals or swimming in the Caribbean keeps my soul and mind connected with the energetic movements of my body.

This year I invited a few friends including photographer and “lover of life” Henri Fisher to the cultural island for some fun in the sun. Our stay consisted of daily adventure and “healing food” discoveries. Laying around at the pool is not our idea of nomadic exploration. Jamaica_Reggae_Sumfest_Fit_Fathers..... 039We travelled the countryside in route to Kingston to visit the Bob Marley Museum at 56 Hope Road and Tuff Gong Studios; ventured South to Negril for veggie grub in the Cliffs at Rock House; spent time in the bush of Montego Bay with Rastas while eating fresh foods from their trees, making music with legend Chokey Taylor and cooking ital specials that satisfied to the fullest; and meditated while capturing the view of the graceful birds that flew above us. Adwa and Island Juices became our daily habitat for nourishment through smoothies, pressed juices and more ital (vegan) food which is made with love.

Close you eyes and breath deep. What do you taste? That’s life. One Love!

Words by Kimatni D. Rawlins & Photography from Henri Fisher