TweetThe photographic exploration of the West Africa nation of Mali continues with today's selection of nine images. The initial motivation for traveling to Mali is my love of its music and artists such as Toumani Diabaté, Ali Farka Touré, Amadou & Mariam, to name a few well known ones. But beyond its wonderful music, it [...]
TweetOn my way to Timbuktu (Mali), I came across this scene on the shore of the Niger river: a mother comforting a little girl with a handful of peanuts.
TweetA woman sits on the ground at the market in Markala, near Ségou, Mali. Markala is home to a Festival of Mask and Puppetry and Ségou hosts one Mali's largest cultural festival: Festival Sur Le Niger. You can see Tim Short's video of this festival here.
TweetOne of the highlights of my discovery of the Dogon plateau was the series of dances performed in the village of Tireli. Under intense heat, dozens of villagers performed sacred dances, wearing an array of colorful masks and dresses. Watch a short and fascinating National Geographic video on the Dogon Dama (mask festival in honor [...]
TweetIn the matrilineal society of the Dogon people - one of Mali's ethnic groups - the role of women is wide, varied and very busy: they harvest, care for children, weave and carry heavy loads. As I entered the village of Tireli in the heart of Dogon country, I came across a group of girls balancing heavy vessels [...]
TweetThis selection of ten photos from around the world feature the beauty of morning light; otherwise known as the golden hour, raking light, sunrise, early morning and other terms that mean you must get up early to get the shot. All photos are available as wide format prints. Simply click on each image to be [...]
Tweet Today's photo is dedicated to my good friend and music genius from Martinique, Paco Charlery. Bon voyage Paco. You can listen to Paco's music here. A group of tuareg men ride their camels in the Sahara, at sunset, near Timbuktu, Mali. The tuareg are a nomadic people with significant populations spanning the north-african and sub-saharan nations of Algeria, [...]
TweetMy two-month photographic exploration of eastern and western Africa has come to an end. As I reminisce and browse the many images, the feeling of incompleteness is great. Not so much because of a lack of worthy images but more with the realization that a proper exploration could take a lifetime, even when narrowing down [...]