Monday, October 11, 2010Topic Summary:
You don't have to tell how you live each day; You don't have to say if you work or you play; A tried, true barometer serves in the place -- However you live, it will show in your face.
Author - Unknown.
Faces can tell us a lot about people - how they live, culture, and the personal stories of their lives. Here is a snapshot of interesting faces of people across Africa.
Arbore Man in Gondaraba / Omo Valley / Ethiopia
The Arbore people, whose primary religion is Islam, live west of the Woyto river and on the right bank of the lower Sagan.
Photograph by Alfred Weidinger / © Alfred Weidinger. All Rights Reserved.1
Borana Elder / Sololo / Kenya2
A Gambian Smile / Tabakoto / Gambia
Fulani girl in Tabakoto, a small village in The Gambia. I met her just outside her very modest home. She is another example of the many smiles that you will encounter all over Africa. Despite the very little that most people possess, you will always get a great happy smile.
Photograph by Ferdinand Reus / © Ferdinand Reus. All Rights Reserved. • flickrI started travel and documentary photography about 20 years ago, but got more seriously involved after buying my first digital SLR camera. These days I am travelling to all corners of Africa as a Holland based international dairy trader never without a camera in my bag.3
Soccer Boy / Msaka / Malawi
Young Malawian boy looked into the lens for a second before heading back for a game of soccer.
Photograph by Gunnar Salvarsson / © Gunnar Salvarsson. All Rights Reserved. • flickr4
Leonard / / South Africa5
Ouma / Blikkiesdorp on the Cape Flats / South Africa
Blikkiesdorp. Cape Flats, Cape Town. South Africa. Ouma Magdalena (90) is the eldest resident of Blikkiesdorp on the Cape Flats. The residents of Blikkiesdorp live in one of the poorest communities on the Cape Flats and are subjected to violent crimes, rape and robberies. Still the community of Blikkiesdorp keep their heads and spirits up. 4,000 People call the steel structures and the sand dunes surrounding it, home. They live in close proximity to each other and the family atmosphere that binds all these poor individuals together brought tears to my eyes. The monotone structures and grey palette of the scenery leaves you with little to be excited about. It was not until I met Ouma that my mind changed. I was seeing a different world through my lens and I was learning how these unfortunate people can have such colourful lives amidst the emptiness and greys. Even though all the heartache and pain that these people are suffering breaks your heart, the sense of positivity and will to survive is contagious. Many community members run their own little shops to provide the necessities for every day survival. Living from hand to hand, day to day. Caring for and looking after each other.I was moved by the simplicity of the people, their will to survive, the feeling of community. I left Blikkiesdorp wondering what it is that binds people together in difficulty like that. This particular feature on Blikkiesdorp inspired a positive atmosphere in the community.6
Rooiland / Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, Sou / South Africa
At seventy seven years old, Rooiland “Ginger” Nangu is full of fascinating stories about his past and the years he has spent all over South Africa. He now lives in an abandoned tannery buidling in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Photograph by Sophie Smith / © Sophie Smith. All Rights Reserved. •   websiteI am a freelance photographer based in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape but doing work through out the Southern Africa. I am trained as a professional photojournalist but love working in a more creative, artistic style when I have the opportunity.7