This is a view from the "Bairro dos Coqueirros" taken on the way to my office four years ago in Luanda, Angola. This is the "Cidade baixa", the historical part of the city where first portuguese settled in the early 15th century as one can see with these old houses.
It was a very poor area but I always liked walking around as the life was tremendous here with kids playing around, women carrying their heavy loads of water or clothes, the shouts of the "Peixeiras", these women selling fresh fishes or the discreet call of the "Kinguilas", the women offering you to change your dollars against few million Kwanza, the local currency.
At each corner, you would see either a bunch of kids running outside an incredibly destroyed house with bullet impacts from 1991, the day where a violence burst occured between the government and UNITA in the capital, or you would see an amazing bright four-wheel-drive. For instance, that's the only place where I ever saw a Hummer, that incredible US car worthing something like 200,000 USD. An incredible mix...
No cropping, level adjusted and USM applied.
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maciekda (19895) 2004-11-24 16:11
interesting picture, TE didn't exist then yet ;).. lots of small scenes in one frame. i like people in different places. two things: tilt here bothers me a bit and there is a car exactly behind the woman on the left. anyway, intersting work
flydragon (0) 2004-11-24 16:26
une image tres agréable
du quotidien d'une rue
quelques part loin d'ici
j'aime bcp le traitement couleur
je suis aussi tres sensible au tilt
mais la il ya a deux écoles ;o)
Xalkida (11744) 2004-11-24 16:31
Πολύ όμορφη και ενδιαφέρουσα λήψη! Ενδιαφέρουσα επίσης και η γωνία λήψης. Μου αρέσει που γέρνει στα δεξιά η φωτογραφία. Της δίνει μια άλλη όψη! Πολύ ωραία!
sohrab (7439) 2004-11-24 16:36
i think this is a very strong composition from you steven, and the colours tooo.....
i had the same experience in cambodia. there were hummers there too. we have the same here in india, haven't seen a hummer here, but cars like the mercedes s class etc ( infact a lot of maybachs are being sold) are quite common contrasting with the other extreme
you should post more photographs like this one
take care :)
p.s. i love the tilt here
lilycat (45) 2004-11-24 16:38
Very interesting look at daily life. Great composition. I,too, like the tilt in this photo. Well done.
Mrg (825) 2004-11-24 17:07
You´ve been working in Angola? This land have great ties with Portugal you know. Great photo Steven. I like the composition and the colours in the walls
eleparc (24063) 2004-11-25 5:48
tiens tiens! petit retour en arrière... peut etre un peu trop de contrastes à mon gout et legere surexpo des couleurs mais cela donne une bonne idée de la ville.. tres cubaine finalement cette photo...;-)
- Copyright: Steven Le Vourc'h (Curioso) (9271)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2000-12-30
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Sony DSC-F55E, JPEG 100 ISO
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: LIVING IN ANGOLA
- Theme(s): TILT society !!! [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-11-24 16:07
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