This is from the city of Ziguinchor in southern Senegal and I'm about to leave for Guinea-Bissau. I have been offered a seat at the front with the driver. It means I will have to pay a bit more, but after all – I'm white so I'm supposed to be rich. (Which of course I am, comparatively).
The two children probably just happened to be here and wanted to be in the picture. The man I believe was a fellow passenger from Sierra Leone, who turned out to be very nice and helpful and assisted me a lot during the long and complicated journey to Bissau, which involved several changes of vehicle, including an open truck, a small motor boat and a truck converted into some kind of bus.
This picture from 1990 was scanned from a Kodachrome slide.
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fanni (14381) 2008-11-10 10:44
interesting group portrait and interesting informative note! I like the way you portray the world and people of the world!
Good composition with a very tight crop; everything and everyone is within the frame :) Very good scan!
and warm regards,
emka (81972) 2008-11-10 21:07
Interesting story about travels in Africa. I also like travelling with locals, even if it is not so comfortable like with an organized group, in air conditioned bus. But then you see real life. So I suppose you had great time. Nice portrait of these girls. Warm regards
scroller (3407) 2008-11-11 2:07
Hej Gert ,
Daily life.. how different things can be... I like the way they decorated the car with colours and flowers. I suppose the net on the roof also is having an important role.
So how many travellers where you all together?
saxo042 (37594) 2008-11-11 2:30
Interesting composition with this vertical format and all those standing persons and even more; the ladder leading up to one of them standing on the roof. Nice to see a new country for a change. Do you have more left?
marietom (34609) 2008-11-12 1:14
Voilà une image qui me rappelle quelques souvenirs de voyage. Jolie scène de vie quotidienne !
mafegan (8624) 2010-08-01 5:58
A random photo I have not viewed before. Well balanced composition showing an idea of daily life in this less photographed destination. I like the mult-coloured signage - someone's pride and joy! I can recall paying more to sit in the front - we certainly are comparatively rich (in monetary terms)! Tfs, Marlene
Miguel82 (25063) 2014-07-03 11:01
People use that old 404 peugeot to bring goods in village of south Senegal, interesting to see the clothes style and the decoration of the vehicle, good evening