RED SOIL

Kitson Town is a rural community just north of Spanish Town, Jamaica. When I first visited five years ago I could not believe the vivid reds and oranges of the soil. It is the bauxite in the earth that gives it its other-worldly colour. This mineral is the main component of aluminium.

From the 1950s onwards areas in and around Kitson Town were surface-mined for bauxite. This involved moving communities off their land; many people didn’t return.

This selection of images from the series includes the vast red ‘lake’ near Mandeville, which is about 90 minutes drive from Kitson Town. It consists of the toxic mud residue created by processing bauxite using caustic soda.