In early April 1982 I arrived in Lagos, Nigeria, winding up a long journey through West Africa. I was dropped off in a slummy area on the edge of Lagos Island and had to walk along very crowded and chaotic streets until I reached the centre and could start looking for a hotel.
Lagos wasn't really the nicest place I've seen, a very unsuitable city to walk alone at night, but during daytime it was not too bad.
This picture was scanned from a Kodachrome slide. It also happens to be my posting # 200 for TE.
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horatiuTT (4570) 2008-02-13 3:45
Excellent street scene...with important and interesting
informations.The high POV is very important here for
offering many interesting elements.Nice view from a place
I don't know.Stay well.
saxo042 (37966) 2008-02-13 9:56
Congratulations to # 200! This is not a city I would like to visit. It seems like this trip is coming to an end. Where will you go from here?
However, this is an interesting photo in the true TE spirit!
konok (2068) 2008-02-13 17:07
Congratulation to the 200th post! Lagos is not so typical tourist spot, so it is interesting to see on your well composed picture.
kwekwekan (1078) 2008-02-13 21:19
What a fantastic bustling street scene. There are many fascinating things to discover in your picture. I'm particularly intrigued by the 'school buses' (though I'm not sure that's what they are!)
Congrats on your 200th & best wishes,
skippy007 (12510) 2008-02-13 22:22
Congratulations on your 200 post. Interesting shot, the crowed street with vendors and traffic, the yellow vehicles & of course the prominent coca cola sign.
molla (7129) 2008-02-15 14:16
You'v Captured the the impression in a very good way, and I'm pretty sure that things have not been better during those more then 25 years that have passed. it looks like a real hurley burley city.
Disabled_A (0) 2008-07-02 10:06
ths photo is just great! you captured the daily life scene perfectly... especially with those yellow buses.
Now that I'm particularly interested in your photos, I remember that when I first found the TrekEarth site and started looking for photos taken in Africa and Asia, I happened to browse on this photo. I remember that I even saved it to my computer for further detailed viewing: it left a deep impression on me, it has some special air which I may fail to explain.
mafegan (8624) 2008-09-01 1:46
This photo really captures the spirit of daily life in Lagos - not that I have been there! There is so much going on. Your photos could become an alternative to actually travelling myself - I hope not! Good scan. Marlene
mkamionka (39803) 2011-02-13 0:04
incredible: Coca Cola seems to be everywhere. Regardless how exotic and distant the place is.
I like the busy market in the foreground and the multiple layers of the composition. A bit pity that the quality of scans never gets on the screen as good as of digital photos. I have same problem: my favourite places I visited in pre-digital area.
Still very interesting upload and great capture,
kato (11630) 2012-12-06 5:33
You're capturing well this cityscape by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see street markets with crowdwd people and yellow bus with traffic. Although it cannot say that it is beautiful, it is visible to the capital filled to vigor.
Miguel82 (27730) 2013-08-12 4:14
I like that crowded market scene Gert, so many people selling, bargaining or walking, nice view of one of the biggest city of Africa, I like the yellow buses in the bg
kasianowak (10225) 2014-08-08 4:58
This image was featured on the homepage today,
Once again, looking at your photography, I'm travelling to a place I have never been to. The crowd of people and vehicles looks fascinating but would feel threatening for many people dropped off in a city like this for the first time. Well done on using your long walk to the hotel as a photo opportunity.
Have a nice weekend
jcpix (13930) 2014-11-12 12:11
A title befitting the imagery, without question. If this is an every day factet of life, I have think it's more of "controlled chaos" than how it might appear to the casual observer, me! :) This has the look of any busting metropolis, a la NYC...but it sure doesn't sound as safe after dark!?
Even long ago American consumerism and advertising played a role, but as a big fan of Coke myself, I don't mind the signage. :) Lively atmosphere, varied shades of subdued colors and a plethora of details to absorb....quite the street scene indeed, what a great view and compressed perspective to bring it all together. Enjoy the new day. Take care.
boa (7557) 2016-04-24 13:12
Ja man har ju hört och läst en del otrevliga historier om Nigeria men det finns alltid två sidor av samma mynt. Nu vet jag inte hur Lagos är men enligt min erfarenhet så är landsbygden i Afrika intressantare än storstäderna. Den här bilden känns väldigt ärlig och visar verkligheten hur det är, kaotiskt! Samtidigt exotisk och intressant. Du har fått en bra överblicksbild här och jag antar att du tog den från ett fönster eller en hög plats. Ganska matta färger men innehållet är ju viktigare än kvaliteten.