I photographed these happy playful children 34 years ago in the streets of Zinder in Niger.
I do wonder how life has treated them?
A scan from a kodachrome slide.
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ilDottore (5252) 2008-08-22 7:09
In today's world just nobody can smile so wide and express the happiness better than the Africans.
I wonder, what the world made with us, that we can't smile so honest... Hope those children are kings or something similar now! :)
holmertz (37033) 2008-08-22 8:08
Now you're digging yourself down to the ancient levels where I find most of my pictures ;-)
This photo has a strong meaning to me, because Zinder was my first contact with "real" Africa after crossing the Sahara. I was overwhelmed by people's relaxed friendliness and the cheerful children. It was very much the same as in this picture.
ban_man (528) 2008-08-22 10:12
A very natural shot. Quality wise I'll say it's very good & properly scanned(such an old one).
hispic (9619) 2008-08-22 20:15
The boy talking happily is indeed impressive, all street vendors are looking at him. This shot is very worth seeing.
Have a nice weekend, Hisashi
trekks (14348) 2008-08-26 18:15
Very nice to see your travel photo of this street shot and amazing quality preserved from 1974. The place looked quite fluent during that time, judging from the way they were dressed.
Really interesting that you have already started travel in 1974, that is 34 years ago! Just curious, was it work-related or just holiday? I can guess it will be the later, to travel through so many countries.
foozi (7101) 2008-09-10 22:52
such a treasure you share with us. thanks a lot. I was wondering too, but about now and then. the difference..bwtter now or better then. It is in my mind. You have travelled a lot and the worldview is so diverse. People and land, traditions and way of life. It is really good to share and improve our perspectives.
albertopiubello (2623) 2008-12-03 13:24
34 years ago! Wow Marlene.
I like a lot your composition with this joyful boy speaking with his future girl-friend maybe? :) Beautiful african market atmosphere,too.
kschanna (6) 2009-01-20 1:19
Its a difficult question to ask...I guess the answer may have different meanings for different people. Its a good shot, which only reinforces the notion that happiness and wealth are mutually exclusive.
Thanks for sharing
Juzo (4329) 2013-02-04 0:01
How about this crazy weather in Brisbane? I hope you fared well.
This shot is great, and still in great condition despite the vintage (same age as me!). It would be interesting to know how life turned out for these young people, with all the turmoil that comes and goes in Niger and the region.
- Copyright: Marlene Fegan (mafegan) (8624)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 1974-09-25
- Categories: Daily Life, Food, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon Coolscan 5000ED
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: My travels in the 1970s
- Date Submitted: 2008-08-22 5:51