I will try another B&W picture from Burkina Faso in West Africa in 1982.
These are children I met by chance somewhere in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, which in those days was known as Upper Volta (la Haute Volta). Generally people just called the city Ouaga. There are lots of places in Burkina Faso, Mali, the Ivory Coast and Guinea ending their names with "dougou", meaning (as far as I know) "town" or "large village".
This encounter was so brief I don't remember it at all. So I don't know if I asked them to pose for me, or they asked me for a photo. In the end we were all happy, although in those pre-digital days there was no way they could ever see the picture. I think the experience of having had their picture taken, and by a white man, was good enough for them.
I have scanned this from an Ilford FP4 B&W negative.
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danos (99902) 2013-05-13 11:08
nice the B/W scenery with all these little girls and boys to pose so charmy in front of your camera.Good postcard from Burkina Faso.
saxo042 (37902) 2013-05-13 11:14
En intressant gruppbild. Jag undrar om det finns någon här som skulle kunna identifiera all sju barnen, med namn och allt, efter mer än trettio år. Kan du inte skicka bilden till den största dagstidningen där, och fråga!
Bluejeans (64251) 2013-05-13 11:17
Ola Gert ,
Uma bom trabalho de scan com esta foto a preto e branco , um belo retrato destas crianças ,parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
ourania (47880) 2013-05-13 11:30
I really love this picture, the children are adorable and the composition is touching and amusing; they surely had contributed to its making with their eager collaboration. They are perfectly aligned and they are ALL looking into the lens. Each with their own character and all so united as a group in front of the photographer. The monochrome treatment is marvellous, I love its richness and brightness. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great week,
carlo62 (50948) 2013-05-13 12:08
questi bambini sono splendidi, hanno volti ed espressioni che lasciano riflettere.
Chissà oggi come sono, se sono felici e se hanno migliorato la loro vita, mi auguro tanto di si.
ACL1978 (7511) 2013-05-13 14:16
Neither here nor there, really, but I've always loved the name 'Ouagadougou' - perhaps my favorite sounding world capital.
In any event, here in Ouaga you've done a nice job documenting this group of kids. Lots of interesting and divergent expressions here, and only two real smiles. The thing that really draws the attention is the dress of these kids, clearly thrown together from whatever could be found, with the possible exception of the taller girl's dress.
Thanks for a charming documentary shot here, Gert.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-05-13 14:22
queste tue foto sono sempre piacevoli da vedere anche se la tecnica, purtroppo, nel passaghgio attraverso lo scanner viene ad essere un po' sacrificata.
Non manca però l'umanità e questa le rende sempre apprezzabili al massimo anche a distanza di tanti anni.
Complimenti! Continua a mostrarcele. Sarà un vero piacere essere spettatori dei tuoi lavori.
Ciao e buona serata
tyro (25950) 2013-05-14 3:30
I don't know if Burkina Faso has suffered so much recently as its neighbouring Mali in the recent Islamist terror attacks but these children from thirty years ago seem happy enough to have their photograph taken by a foreigner. Again, the poverty in which these children are living seems to be no barrier to the happiness and joy they seem to express in everyday life.
There's a wonderful interaction here between each one of this little group and the photographer, their happy smiling faces in contrast to their dusty, decrepit homes behind them.
A very good scan too considering that it was taken from an Ilford FP4 negative.
mkamionka (38433) 2013-05-14 6:52
lovely group portrait. I really admire the quality of the scan. B&W adds a very special touch.
bayno (18344) 2013-05-14 8:19
Ciao Gert, so nice also this one...maybe better than your previous post....for me this is hight quality shot with wonderful contrast and super nice subjects....perfect framing...just a small part of one feet od children is out from the frame...irrelevant, lovely shot wonderful document...
my best regards,
Nicou (145294) 2013-05-14 9:41
Encore une image nostalgique quelle vue de tous ces enfants avec leurs habits bien léger, image touchante et poignante quel rendu et contraste merveilleux.
Bravo et amitié
ayferaldanmaz (1085) 2013-05-14 10:45
hi dear gert,
after a little while i'm away so many really great photos presented here in your collection. and hope you're doing well.
here's another great documentary shot. a picture may be worth a thousand words, and surely you know how to. thanks to who asked to pose, the result is wonderful :)
my compliments and tfs,
UlfE (14641) 2013-05-14 12:53
Jag slås av alla olika ansiktsuttryck hos alla dessa barn på din fina gruppbild. Oavsett om det var de som bad dig ta ett foto eller om det var tvärtom ser man att en del gärna ställer upp och ser glada ut medan andra är mer tveksamma eller tveksamma. Ha en bra kväll.
P.S. Din fråga om blå lagunen. Jag tror att det var någon form av sand- eller grusbotten.
Silvio1953 (146807) 2013-05-14 14:21
Ciao Gert, fantastic portrait of lovely children, greatB&W, wonderful light and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
dkmurphys (60837) 2013-05-14 23:25
Very attractive street scene. I like the genuine touch of this image. Well taken, have a fine day.
marabu61 (11119) 2013-05-15 0:26
Oh yes, Ouagadougou is certainly one of the names in Africa that evokes the feeling of an exotique expedition and adventure, I have always loved that name.
This is another of your timeless documents of Africa that are so great to look at. I think for the children of 92 in a far away african town, having their picture taken by a stranger that must have seen exotique to them as well, must really have made their day and I am sure you where the subject of many a tale later still. The expressions of the children are so natural and pleasing.
madhumita_roy86 (2344) 2013-05-15 8:48
very good shot..
very attractive street scene...
good chosen B&W..
excellent sharpness...good note.....
very interesting & touching composition..
eldancer1 (36343) 2013-05-15 9:24
Very nice capture of those children especially in B&W. I hope they all grow up with much better future. Good lighting and dof with nice contrast. Very well done, tfs.
ktanska (28174) 2013-05-15 10:40
Excellent group photo. It is easy too see how exciting the moment was. Just one is smiling charmingly. Good low viewpoint and B&W of course fits well on such old image.
Fis2 (100828) 2013-05-15 13:56
Excellent reportorial photo!
Beautiful picture from your archive.
Very well done.
rogerl (1616) 2013-05-16 5:42
Gert, interesting shot of these kids, the older ones happy to be there, the younger ones perhaps wondering what's going on, and the woman in back taking it all in. The background is also interesting, with not much there in the way of houses. I wonder how much Ouagadougou has changed in the past 30 years.
This is another very well-done B&W scan. I'm curious, having scanned about 5000 photos myself over the past few years, dating back to the mid 1940s, what scanner you used, how your film was stored before you scanned it, and how much postprocessing you needed to do on the results.
mesutilgim (95850) 2013-05-16 13:26
Hello dear Gert,
Another wonderfull "oldie" ! The taste of those analogue black an whites ar reallt great !
TFS and best regards
fabbs99 (17167) 2013-05-16 21:32
Another lovely shot in B&W from your old collection.The contrast in this shot is excellent.The frame speaks a lot about the history and the culture of the place.TFS.
Graal (103034) 2013-05-17 0:35
another interesting photo from your archive. Fine natural pose and portraits of children. Good effect in B&W. Unusual your remembrance. Well document.
Have a nice day.
kato (11630) 2013-05-17 5:42
You're capturing well this set photograph in Burkina Faso by a good composition and excellent B/W clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see lovely and innocent children with bare foot. There is a tall child, and there is a short young child. Children's expression seems to have a bright hope. Probably, they will grow to be a splendid adult now.
agjika (3177) 2013-05-19 11:06
Fantastic journalistic photo, this is worth much more than "a pictorial" photo! There are many way of living a life.
Thanks for sharing
Glint (6171) 2013-05-20 0:41
the second thing that came to mind after my first thought of what a charming image was just what a natural you are as a photography. You have dipped down to their level, lower even, as they look dwon into your lens. What a treasure trove of photos you have!
mohammad_H (10038) 2013-05-21 3:08
Unique and great documenting the scene in Africa, children, cute and innocent, who is guilty economic and living conditions, Africa's enormous mineral resources, tourism, the economy is poor, you are obviously good
and look good
all the best
wolf38 (31296) 2013-05-21 6:59
Hello Gert. A documentary photo. There is mutual interest. Looking back to the past is really exciting. I like the photo.
annjackman (21899) 2013-05-21 7:06
Another interesting photo from your archives. I wonder what their lives are like now as adults. The picture shows how much they like having their photo taken. I like the grainy picture as it suits the BG.
A really lovely image.
Kind Regards, Ann
abmdsudi (55706) 2013-05-22 19:59
Another oldie classic kind of yester years picture full of storytelling but its fun looking back in time; all bare footed, the dresses and faces with mixed feeling so well depicting the time gone by and credit to you catching this scene. As always childen can make great picture and mucho kudos for being prepared. They do say a good photographer always has a camera with them and this is an excellent image and you are able to hold its own with the best. Congrats
adores (45891) 2013-05-23 17:35
Another great daily scene from this country! They look just great and dress so differently. I like their poses and expressions looking at the camera. Photographers were probably rare there, so they were taking the mission seriously. I really like it in b&w!
Angshu (56760) 2013-06-17 5:00
This picture is not as old as many of your scans, but retains a nice quality & the contrast Ilfords were famous for
Like this bunch of kids standing and posing for you...and they all seem to be very happy
Thanks for your informatve notes as always! The part regarding "dougou" was interesting indeed!
pajaran (62590) 2013-06-18 23:24
Dobar tekst, lepo secanje.
Dobar rad skeniranjem, lepo pokazana deca.
Kako danas izgledaju ova deca i sta rade.
Imajte lep i uspesan dana, sve najbolje.
Good lyrics, good memories.
Good work by scanning, demonstrated good kids.
How do these kids look today and what they do.
Have a great and successful day, all the best.
Urs (14082) 2013-06-26 2:45
These faces are captivating, so young but looking so old. It is one of these time documents which help to understand history better. The 1980s were a time of frighting and unrest. These kids had seen it all, it seams. Excellent digitalization with all the grey hues and high sharpness. Well done
Miguel82 (27646) 2013-06-26 11:42
This is a precious document from Burkina capital, authentic b&w shot of these children
Excellent photo comment
Tigerlily (3379) 2013-07-05 9:57
A wonderful documentary shot.. nice B&W. I thought it was earlier then 1982...
worldcitizen (8860) 2013-10-10 14:43
Your older photos are always a pleasure to see. They are a window into another time and place. I like this line of children - all different sizes, and all in different states of dress - but each of them barefoot. For the most part they seem happy to pose, and one woman in the background also seems interested in what you were doing. :-)
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2014-01-15 1:45
another very good daily life shot from your oldies. Perfectly matching condition for monochrome. Their life is nicely depicted in your composition. Enjoyed the expressions of those kids. Great work. Tfs.
ikeharel (73561) 2016-10-06 7:57
Those guys must be now 40 years old, wonder how they would react when seeing this photo, Gert.
Extraordinary group portrait of those children, seems content and happy.
Fine B&W photo, my cong.'s.