Daily Life in Zanzibar - Tanzania
Wednesday, June 09, 2010Author:
Freelance photographer born in Napoli (Italy). After studying Fine Arts, Music and Anthropology, I packed my camera and coffee machine and started traveling. My first stop was Australia where I spent nearly 3 years. I kept doing what I used to do in Italy other than studying . . . taking photos. As a photographer, I am mainly interested in capturing the daily life of a place, the way people relate to each other and place where they live. At the moment I am trying to concentrate my photos on all the interesting things the Swahili culture has to offer.
My story is a very simple one: The story I want to tell is one about a small community of local people living in "Stone Town", a World Heritage site located on the Swahili Island of Zanzibar - inhabited by a community with different roots and backgrounds - Africans, Indians and Arabs - whose style of living and behavior completely blew me away. I have never seen such altruism between people, such cooperation, such a way of helping each other, the way kids take care of other kids, such a sense of "we" and community. Initially, I tried to be accepted and become part of the local community by changing the perception of me as a white guy with a camera. I finally managed to get close to them. There couldn't have been a better experience! I have learned a lot from them, especially from the many and astonishing kids. I can still remember most of their names and have very fond memories of them. I still try to keep in touch with them through their parents or older siblings.
DIVING IN THE OCEAN / STONE TOWN - ZANZIBAR
Young guys gather together every evening to dive off the coast of the Indian Ocean.
Photograph by Paolo Evangelista / © Paolo Evangelista. All Rights Reserved.1
WAITING FOR ID EL-FITR / STONE TOWN - ZANZIBAR
Two sisters waiting to attend the Id Al-Fitr, one of the most important religious celebrations in the islamic community.
Photograph by Paolo Evangelista / © Paolo Evangelista. All Rights Reserved.2
WORKING TOGETHER / STONE TOWN - ZANZIBAR
Women and men helping each other during the recent shortage of water supply. It has been an opportunity to strengthen the bonds between the people.
Photograph by Paolo Evangelista / © Paolo Evangelista. All Rights Reserved.3
TAILORS / STONE TOWN - ZANZIBAR
Local women and young girl waiting for the tailors to make or repair their clothes.
Photograph by Paolo Evangelista / © Paolo Evangelista. All Rights Reserved.4
HENNA PAINTING / STONE TOWN - ZANZIBAR
Two young girls showing us their henna painting before attending the Ed Al-Fitr, one of the most important religious celebrations in the Islamic community.
Photograph by Paolo Evangelista / © Paolo Evangelista. All Rights Reserved.5
SELLING BREAKFAST / STONE TOWN - ZANZIBAR
Local woman selling morning breakfast, mostly porridge and donuts (quite tasty I would say); the morning breakfast is one of the many opportunities for local people to gather together.
Photograph by Paolo Evangelista / © Paolo Evangelista. All Rights Reserved.6
GOING TO MADRASSA / STONE TOWN - ZANZIBAR
Young Kids going to Madrassa, the Koranic school.
Photograph by Paolo Evangelista / © Paolo Evangelista. All Rights Reserved.7
WORKING IN THE RAIN / STONE TOWN - ZANZIBAR
A porter works in the hallway of Stone Town despite the bad weather during the rainy season.
Photograph by Paolo Evangelista / © Paolo Evangelista. All Rights Reserved.8
WOOD CARVING / STONE TOWN - ZANZIBAR
Hand carved statues representing the Masai culture, whose members inhabit the island, though they are a small percentage of the population.
Photograph by Paolo Evangelista / © Paolo Evangelista. All Rights Reserved.9
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Added Fri, Jul 30, 2010 - 12:04 am by TL Bradley
Congrats on the feature. This is wonderful.1
Added Fri, Jul 16, 2010 - 09:28 am by Victor Acquah
One of the goals of African Lens is to serve as a platform of advocacy - for stories that need to be told. This is one of them. Hopefully, this story will generate enough interest to spur more action / help towards the street kids here.2
Added Fri, Jul 02, 2010 - 04:17 am by Thomas
What a beautiful report story !! Congratulation for your job.3
Added Tue, Jun 15, 2010 - 01:02 pm by Marcello
This is an awesome Photo story! Thanks for sharing it, currently only watched the photos, but definitely wanna read it!4