Spending his fist twelve years in Montego Bay provided Dolwain Green the opportunity to experience world music with a Reggae flavor. During the Christmas holidays he listened to Silent Night and Jingle Bells, but unlike kids in other parts of the world, those songs were delivered with the pulsating beat and unique style that is central to late Ska, Dance hall, and Reggae.
Reggae was a central part of Jamaican life, culture, and social structure, as he knew it. Listening to DJs hone their mixing skills and microphone commentaries as they conducted dancehalls in certain sections of Montego Bay was a normal part of finding his way home either by foot or the usual overcrowded taxi cabs. He always favored those cabs with sound systems, and hearing small groups of aspiring singers practice their vocals in backyards and alleyways on his way home was not unusual. As a result, he took for granted the evolution of dancehall, growth and development of Dub, popularity of Rasta, and Reggae’s impact on the world music scene.
Fast forward, migration to the U.S., college education with emphasis in history and migration at the University of Pennsylvania and California State University, Green has now integrated capturing the essence of Reggae as a photographer. However, unlike experiencing Reggae in Jamaica, he now looks for gatherings and experiences the social effort through festivals and concerts in the U.S. Nevertheless, his guiding light is still the "beat".