Montreal-based writer and former VICE editor Adam Leith Gollner is one of those seemingly regular Joes who continually finds himself in strange, almost unbelievable situations, so when you get an email from Adam asking if you want to visit the private Caribbean island of a world-famous illusionist in search of the fountain of youth, you don’t question it. You just say yes and start packing your bags.
I took a trip out to the Eastern Region of Ghana in 2006 and again in 2009 to paint scenes from a small scale illegal gold and diamond mining complex in a town called New Abriem. These mines are formed by tracing the smaller mineral veins that run off of larger deposits, which are being extracted by foreign commercial mines. It’s also where 19th century mining methods combine with ancient West African black magic religions to create an atmosphere and a landscape both visually and psychologically interesting.
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