17 km south of the center of Luanda, there were this little harbour called "Campo nautico de Cabgoc". Basically, the harbour handled by the "Chevron" oil & gaz company.
Many little kids like this one found an oppotunity to earn their living by providing services to the foreign people having their boats parked here. I guess he lived not very far in a small house like the one we can guess under the palm trees.
One thing interesting can be seen on the background, top area. You can notice amercian-style "vivenda". I've heard that at that time, there were no way to attract American workers out of the States if they couldn't find housing conditions similar to the ones they had in the US. So, guess what... One year before, that land was empty. 12 months later, you could see rows of dozens of standardized amazing houses with tennis camps, swimming pools and incredible electric fortified fences you may guess around. A real fortress built 17 km from the center of Luanda. Luanda, where about 8 million people are living, even the expatriates from other countries.
Well, I don't mean anything but I was really impressed by the american logistic to build these great houses in one of the poorest country of Africa, devasted by almost 30 years of civil war. I also felt quite sad these american guy only knew the road from their house/office to the airport and were forbidden to see anything else from that beautiful country.
Slightly cropped, levels and tones adjusted. USM applied.
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Xalkida (11744) 2005-03-09 16:15
Very nice shot Steven. I like the vivid colors and the natural lighting! Great shot!
eleparc (24063) 2005-03-09 16:33
too much light for me... it is very hard to take photos of black subjects in this kind of light or you have to be extra careful... good interesting note
Galeota (10338) 2005-03-09 16:56
Au contraire de ce que Eric dit, je pense que tu as réussi à mâitriser très bien ton exposition malgré la lumière qui devait certes être très forte. Je suis ravi de découvrir tes photos de Luanda. Mes origines portugaises me lient d'une certaine façon (pour le mal et pour le bien) à l'Angola à tout jamais. Ne serait-ce que par le lien de la langue, je me sens proche. Une composition simple mais efficace, avec une note bien écrite et intéressante.
robiuk (10807) 2005-03-09 17:36
Obviously, the light WAS strong but I think, apart from lack of natural brightness, the lighting in whole is managed very well as is composition.
The boy's contour and face (having in mind his dark complexion) is clearly visible and recognisable.
The note regarding foreign workers (especially Americans) is so typical, not only for this region but for others as well - according to my personal experiences.
emanuela (1257) 2005-03-25 13:15
nice composition, and very interesting note
- Copyright: Steven Le Vourc'h (Curioso) (9271)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2000-10-31
- Categories: Castles
- Camera: Sony DSC-F55E, JPEG 100 ISO
- Exposure: f/7.0, 1/350 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: LIVING IN ANGOLA
- Date Submitted: 2005-03-09 15:29