Cultivate your inner creativity
Medicine and the arts make a rather unusual combination, but for photography enthusiast Dr Sherard Little, anyone can become a great photographer with a bit of patience and practice. Photography, he says, helps to cultivate your inner creativity and gives you the ability to engage more meaningfully with the world around you.
Little credits his early art exposure to his maternal grandfather, Hector Heavens, who was a painter and a sculptor. For him, photography came naturally as he was often commissioned to capture images of his family.
“In capturing moments of importance and beauty, photography helps people revisit memories in a way otherwise not possible. Simply put, photography grants people the ability to immortalise moments in time,” Little said.
It’s an amazing thing, he said, when we are able to easily document the more remarkable moments of our lives. “By recording our happiest memories, we train ourselves to spend more time thinking about good things. As a doctor, I find the more I do this, the more simply interesting or pleasurable moments and images I capture, the happier I am,” Little said.
While most of Little’s images encapsulate his love for nature and the outdoors, he has on interest in several genres. Recently, while on a scuba-diving trip to the Pedro Cays, Little captured interesting and thought-provoking images of the living conditions and the overall ecosystem of the cays.
“I always had an interest in Pedro Cays, and when the invitation was extended, I jumped at the opportunity. It was pretty much like camping, but what I was not prepared for was what was around us. Our building was in full view of the site, and I was taken aback by the conditions in which the dwellers lived on the cays,” Little said.
“I captured some of those images, but I was also mindful of my surroundings, and as a visitor, I was a bit limited in terms of the photographs I could take,” he added.
Formal education came much later at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts under the guidance of renowned photographer Donnette Zacca.
“It was out of that love for the outdoors that I decided to do formal training, and out of an interest to further my skills and understanding that I did the photography course,” Little said.
“It is a major hobby for me and very therapeutic. I get out of my hectic and stressful lifestyle and check in with myself and take the time to take the photos,” he added.
His work has been recognised nationally in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission and National Environment and Planning Agency competitions.