Senegal, Africa: The First 2 Villages
I’m currently in Africa on behalf of Photographers Without Borders travelling with two great people from WaterCharity. We are visiting multiple water project sites across the country that have been initiated by the Peace Corps and funded by WaterCharity. I know, many organizations but all doing amazing work out here.
The first village we visited was Reur Daouda Cisse, in the Thies region. We has a very warm welcome from the village and the village chief. I have to send out a huge thank you to (Karen …) from the Piece Corps for setting it all up. She’s been living with her host family for about 20 months now and it’s amazing to see how appreciative the village is for all her hard work, they really respect her.
It’s also really eye opening to see how far a little water can go in terms of the sustainability of the village. The obviously aspect is for drinking but then you have so many other needs . We had a great explanation at the first village about plans to pipe water over to their cashew fields so they would have more of their own food, keep work for their people in the village and potentially act as a model for other villages.
So what about the technical details on the photography side? First off, clouds don’t seem to exist here, so my light source, let’s just say, is very strong. Normally, I have to worry about buying expensive fast lenses because of low light situations. In this case, it’s all about capturing the shot without blowing out my backgrounds and highlights on the subjects faces. Therefore, I’ve been exposing primarily for the backgrounds, knowing that I will have to pull out the shadows on the faces in post processing. This has all been done in Lightroom and of course shooting in RAW. Lastly, as I suspected, my 24-70mm 2.8 has been the workhorse lens for most of these shots.
That’s it for now, I’ll try to post more whenever I have access to wifi. Enjoy!
Village Chief welcoming us to the village.
A well that will be refurbished, you can see how cracked the walls have become.
Pointing out the cashews!
Karen’s host mother in the cook house
Karen’s host family.
Photographing children in the villages is a portrait photographers dream. They natural set themselves up in the perfect poses every time!
Bankoto Village: Jessie Maier has been working on latriene projects and educating the village on hand sanitation.
Jessie’s tree! It’s really hard to keep things alive here, so she’s very proud of her Maringa tree in the Center of the village. Plus, this tree has a great deal to offer to a village.
A friend of Jessie’s teaching the kids a few games, she was amazing with the kids.