PRINCE CARTIEE
Ghana-based visual artist Prince Cartiee has traveled to Kwahu, Ghana. All in cooperation with the Marie-Stella-Maris Foundation and Project Maji. Here, among other things, he visited the new clean drinking water project. During this visit, Cartiee was able to express his creativity through photography. The result? A beautiful, colorful and striking series of photos. We spoke with the talented artist about this trip and the photo series.

Can you give us a short introduction and tell us how you got into photography?
Hi, my name is Prince ‘Cartiee’ Baffour-Asare. I’m a visual artist from Accra, Ghana. I got into photography through explorations of becoming an artist and my keen interest in the process of image making since high school. It has been a learning journey for me.

How was it for you to visit the Marie-Stella-Maris Foundation x Project Maji clean water project?
It was an exciting experience. I got to see the wonders of nature in its magnitude, how life is outside of the city, and how these water stations are making clean water more accessible in the communities living there.

"I got to see the wonders of nature in its magnitude, how life is outside of the city, and how these water stations are making clean water more accessible in the communities living there."

What has impressed you most while visiting the project site? I was impressed by the innovation of the water stations. Usually, I mostly saw boreholes that needed constant workforce to pump water. This time, these from Marie-Stella-Maris x Project Maji were solar-powered and had filtration systems to make the water cleaner. I also noticed the true essence of the community. Women and children from different homes meet at the water station and talk about life and how they can help build up their families and communities.


What does water mean to you?
For me, water is a powerful natural resource. It’s essentially a component of life itself and our livelihood. For us to live on a planet with which water covers a large percent of it, I find it second to the Creator of the Universe.

"My people and our unintentional attraction to colorful water carriers inspired me. Every Ghanaian tends to have a yellow gallon or colourful bucket/pan in their homes."

Tranquil Buoyancy, Kwahu Boys 2022

You made a beautiful artistic series while visiting the community. Please tell us more about this series.
The series “Kwahu Boys” is a selection of images; the youthful exuberance of boys and their colourful water carriers. My people and our unintentional attraction to colorful water carriers inspired me. Every Ghanaian tends to have a yellow gallon or colourful bucket/pan in their homes.

What is your favorite photo in this series, and why?
For me, this picture is a surreal mixture of the calmness of the river waves. The juxtaposition of each boy and their colorful pan creates the imagery of the primary colour wheel. The beautiful thing is that with such colour wheels you can make and combine any colour. This image represents the providence of life, our water bodies, and our communities.

You use many bright colours in this series and work in general. What is your relationship with colour?
I work with colours as a sense of emotion that we see, and I familiarize myself with exciting and vividly pleasing colours. Nature always adds some aesthetics. I continually try to understand color theory rather than play around with them.

If people are interested in your work, where can they find you?
They can contact me through my Instagram: @prince.cartiee or my website princecartiee.com