Photographer's Note

This is Luanda, the capital city of Angola, in West Africa. Arriving from offshore by chopper is fantastic because the flying path is always over the city. Subject to the weather, the views are superb as we approach land. The first thing we see is the island named “Ilha de Luanda” or “Ilha do Cabo”. It is a long stretch of sand creating a marvellous bay and natural deep harbour. Straight after the island is the historic center were many centenary buildings can yet be seen and have been restored for the future generations.

Luanda itself is a quite modern city (for Africa standards) although very neglected since the country independence in 1975. In 32 years, the city grew from 400,000 to over 4 million inhabitants with all the problems associated to such fast and chaotic expansion.

The main posting is an over view of the old city which has not changed much, except for a couple of high rise buildings (Sonangol and Esso headquarters) not yet in the photo. WS1 is a view of the shanty town near the international airport and a direct result of that unsustainable growth. The WS2 is a view of the island with the bay on the left hand side and the open ocean on the right.

All three photos are almost three years old and were taken from inside a helicopter, through the glass of the closed door, with my first digital camera, a Sony DSC-P30, 1.3 mega pixels, and now post-processed for colour, contrast and framing.

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Additional Photos by Antonio Ribeiro (ribeiroantonio) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4685 W: 455 N: 6473] (22730)
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