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way of life

Back to my Nigeria shots, I took this as we drove past a residential area. For some reason I get tempted to take shots when I see kids laboring to get through their day. I have seen even younger kids carrying heavier things than the folks in the shot. Weirdly, a scene like this is very common in West Africa, and not neccesarily seen as bad but a way of life.  Positively, I like the distinct colors of this shot green, yellow, blue and orange.

way of life

Back to my Nigeria shots, I took this as we drove past a residential area. For some reason I get tempted to take shots when I see kids laboring to get through their day. I have seen even younger kids carrying heavier things than the folks in the shot. Weirdly, a scene like this is very common in West Africa, and not neccesarily seen as bad but a way of life.  Positively, I like the distinct colors of this shot green, yellow, blue and orange.

comments (15)

ohh that's a cool one !!!
This is a very nice shot Dee. Somehow the fact that they are walking away gives the shot more meaning and strength.
The lively colors are great. It is interesting to see familiar objects like these coolers in such a different context.
  • Steve
  • 25 Jan 2007, 02:15
The colors are so varied...great shot. And it makes me miss Ghana!
  • Mia
  • 25 Jan 2007, 04:13
Love the colours and overall contrasting too. These kids sweat it out and then relax when they're older... its like a cycle smile
  • P.J.
  • 25 Jan 2007, 07:07
The balancing is very impressive. great job!
  • sk
  • 25 Jan 2007, 08:23
very nice capture Dotun, yeap a naija way of life indeed
great capture and color.
  • Louis
  • south africa
  • 25 Jan 2007, 12:27
Great shot - would be even better from up front (I am imagining the smiles).

A way of life allover Africa, here in the south as well. I have been told that the balancing act is extremely good for body posture - and that is why young girls in the olden days had to fetch water and balance the calabash/gourd on their heads. Not heavy, but difficult. And so the way of life is born.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 25 Jan 2007, 12:48
Louis mentioned the young girls doing this in the olden days and I was immediately intrigued to see these are boys. Or did that always happen?

I love everything about this, Dotun, including the perspective from behind them. You really HAVE captured a ho-hum way of life for these boys. Even without seeing their faces, their body language tells me they're having a great time. Wonder what they're talking about. smile

And yes, GREAT COLORS!
I also appreciate the contrast and balancing skills portrayed here.
Hi ! A great shot indeed : Standing ovation !
Nice one Dotun, a tough way to grow up though.
wow. you captured this wonderfully. i like it even better because of how it was captured. it really gives it more meaning with them walking away.

photojournalism at its best.
  • Roland
  • 27 Jan 2007, 13:23
I love the colors and the strange feeling I've got when looking this picture. Nice shot really !

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