PhotoVogue Resident Lisandro Suriel was born and raised in Saint Martin, an island where the Atlantic and Caribbean waters meet. As a child of the African diaspora, he found no formal institution ever introduced him to the idea that his history and identity might extend beyond being a descendent of slavery. Thus, his photographic journey arose from the need to reclaim his own history and identity beyond the traditional Caribbean narrative framed by a one-dimensional history of colonialism. Lisandro Suriel is inspired by the stories of ghosts who are tied to distant memories from various African lore. As part of the anthropological research guiding his artistic process, he started documenting the forgotten tales of magic of his community.