The Variety Store

Featuring the makeup and craft of Adafih Padmore, ‘The Variety Store’ consists of a series of creative headshots, each made using only items bought at its respective Charlotte Street retailer.

The three primary features of Charlotte Street, Port of Spain are the vending activity; the small groceries; and these so-called ‘variety stores’, where a wide range of inexpensive goods—especially household goods and beauty-items—can be found.

These items were bought, modified, and repurposed into the accessories worn by the subjects. Apart from the subjects’ faces, some makeup, and the Light, everything seen in each photograph came from the shops.