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I stubbornly continue to show ugly old monochrome photos of low technical standard, because I like them and they mean something to me personally.

This is from Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, still known as Upper Volta when I took this photo in early 1982. I remember having seen several interesting shopfronts in some streets in the centre, so one day I went for a walk to make a document of these shops.

Here is one of them, a photo studio where I was amazed to find two vultures sitting on the roof, maybe waiting for one of the persons sitting outside the shop to suddenly die from a heart attack. I don't suppose they were so adapted to life in the city that they could eat photos as substitute for meat.

Here is a larger version.

Actually, Burkina Faso was a country of vultures. I didn't see many in the neighbouring countries, but in BF they were everywhere. They started right at the border. I remember sitting in the shade, leaning against a wall while waiting for the customs formalities to be dealt with, and all the time three or four vultures were hopping around me, probably hoping I would collapse from a heatstroke.

In the large covered market in Ouagadougou there were dozens of vultures sitting on the wooden beams above the butchers' stalls, looking down at the chunks of meat. I had never seen anything like that before, or later.

As workshops you can see this street from another angle and an elegant boutique for ladies' wear.

These photos were all scanned from Ilford FP4 negatives. Years ago I posted some colour photos from the same tour of the town, among them another photo studio and a furniture shop.

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