If you are interested in an overview of my previous postings about Angola
Still after 25 years of Civil War, the place has few scarces. One can see few buildings in the background but the more striking to me was the foreground with its shanty towns everywhere as I could show you previously. In Angola, they are called Musseque after the red ground on which they are built.
Luanda was quite remote from the very fights of this Civil war apart from few days in 1992. But everywhere one can see the result of a depressed economy totally dedicated to the War. No means, no infrastructures, a city built for 400,000 by the portuguese but there are about 4 million inhabitants today, mostly refugees.
Taken five years ago when I was working there, in the pink building on the left actually. I can remember the people lying on the ground when I got to the office or left it in the evening, the small hamburger cars where I could buy the greatest sandwiches I never had for few Kwanza. The inflation was amazing, my 100 USD were translated into 400 Kwanzas when I arrived then into 950 one year later...
Sometimes, I could visit the appartments you can see in the background. It was quite frightening the first time, since there is no light starting from 6:00 PM but you get used to it. You across decayed stairs, steel doors since people with almost nothing need to protect them from people with nothing at all but a firegun, especially gangs of kids. Then, you discover that everybody is plugged on one line or pipe for everything (water, electricity, cable TV...).
So, little by little, you discover that people have quite a normal life in fact, having fun in family, taking care of their kids, working for their family. But, when you go down to the street, you come back to reality and understand why most Angolan do not live until 40 years old, why the mortality rate is one of the highest in the world... There is so much poverty everywhere...
Cropped, rotated, levels adjusted, USM applied.
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Cool-ice (5289) 2005-10-23 16:03
Le dramatisme apporté par la lumière est incontestablement l'élément qui m'a fait flasher sur cette image.
Il rend l'ambiance dure, parfaitement en adéquation avec le contenu de la photo.....c'est du tout bon !
phi75 (0) 2005-10-23 16:06
as cool ice said, the dramatical ambiance, due to sky gives to this photo a special look!!it's a very strong image!
sebautourdumond (3108) 2005-10-23 16:20
Bon, je ne vais rien inventé, mes 2 prédecesseurs ont déja tout dit. C'est clair que sans cette barre nuageuse, cette photo n'existerait pas!
Bien vu pour la compo et une note très intéressante
rbcy1974 (20758) 2005-10-23 16:53
Une superbe vue, des contrastes tres interesantes entre les beaux batiments et les batiments pauvres. Coleurs eclatants et un ciel superbe. Tu faisais qoi en Angola?
castellano (791) 2005-10-23 17:10
Very scary picture about what a war is able to destroy. Those dark clouds seem to be threatening the remaining buildings of the city.
gary91 (15348) 2005-10-24 12:18
Une atmosphere pesante qui se dégage de ce paysage. Cette lumière irréelle et ces couleurs pastels avec au fond, ce ciel menacant ne font que renforcer cette ambiance.
quelquepart (810) 2005-10-24 19:12
Ah les villes africaines... Jolie lumière malgré les nuages.
annagrace (2467) 2005-11-08 18:54
Interesting photo and even better note. Great lighting on this dismal scene, well done!
meme (273) 2006-04-27 11:21
before a storm... very nice photo , although it`s a picture of a big mess ;)
Juzo (4217) 2009-11-12 5:20
Interesting image and POV. The city look dense and has contrasts and this is a great capture.
- Copyright: Steven Le Vourc'h (Curioso) (9271)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2000-09-30
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Sony DSC-F55E, JPEG 100 ISO
- Exposure: f/7.0, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: LIVING IN ANGOLA
- Date Submitted: 2005-10-23 15:46
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