My intent with this film was to document St.Thomas’ diverse landscape. I wanted to show that the island has two faces – the first, a superficial front of luxury and wealth and the second featuring a stark contrast of poverty. For all the tourists that visit during the day, they are taken on Safari’s through the wealth and beauty of St.Thomas with the option of spending thousands at one of the jewlery shops on a ten block street. For others that have a chance to explore the deeper side of St.Thomas, they will find a place of poverty and anger. At almost every turn, I was confronted by a slew of people not willing to give you the time of day (a sign of a place stripped from the countless tourists).
To find out more about the experience shooting this and why I only able to showcase the light side, visit prestonkanak.com/2013/03/01/travel-adventure-filming-always-have-a-back-up-plan/