“You’d think the air would smell like salt, but it smells deep and green and fresh,” says photographer Melissa Alcena, who grew up in the Bahamas. “I’ve never seen so much greenery. Everything, even the dark sand, has a vibrant hue. It soothes your senses and replenishes you. You’re glistening the moment you step outside.”
Alcena’s journey to explore this French volcanic island took her through small mountainside farms using centuries–old techniques, traditional fishing villages and rum distilleries. All to see how Martinique is aiming to reduce its reliance on food imports and increase sustainability while celebrating its deep cultural roots.
“You know you’re in a place with an immense and complicated history. On the beach, in the trees, you feel it in your feet: Martinique has seen so much and is thriving. People are holding onto their culture.”