In response to Krista A. Thompson's An Eye for the Tropics: Tourism, Photography, and Framing the Caribbean Picturesque (2006), this essay considers the notion of a tourism generated tropical image, but informed and colored as well by local self-conceptions. From probing the colonialist underpinnings of the picturesque subject, to surveying artistic and cultural forays into the particular landscapes, likenesses, and states of consciousness in the modern Caribbean, this essay spawns a view which claims for the region an aesthetic and conceptual insurgency in representational matters, manifested in human melodramas, public rituals, and social exegeses.

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