I recently spent two months in Senegal, during that time I travelled south to the Cassamance area staying in Ziguinchor. From Ziguinchor I travelled north to spend a couple of weeks in The Gambia. I spent a couple of weeks living in the Serekunda area some 11 km's west of Banjul, the capital of The Gambia. This set of black and white photographs were taken outside a traditional Gambian home. Click through the slideshow below for some black and white portraits I took of the local Gambian children there:
All of the above photos were taken with a Canon 5D2 and a 50mm 1.4 prime lens. Some of the images were taken candidly whilst others were obviously posed. I converted the images to black and white using Lightroom as I preferred the overall mood of the resulting series.
The Gambia, officially the Republic of The Gambia, is a country in West Africa that is completely surrounded by Senegal except for it's coastline on the Atlantic Ocean. Despite a third of Gambians living under the poverty line, the people there are extremely friendly and welcoming. In fact The Gambia is often referred to as the 'Smiling Coast of West Africa'. I hope to return soon to explore more of the country and take more photos.
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