Travel Portrait Photography in The Gambia

Last year I spent two months in Senegal, West Africa.  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 (or the Islamic Republic of The Gambia as it is officially known).  I spent a couple of weeks living in the Serekunda area some 11 km's west of Banjul, the capital of The Gambia.  Click through the slideshow below to view some of the travel portraits I took whilst I was there:  

Travel Portraits in The Gambia

I wrote a previous blog titled, 'Black and White Portraits in the Gambia' of some portraits I took outside of a friend's traditional Gambian home.  This blog contains some of those photos in colour which adds another element to the images especially the first one with the colourful textiles.  The image of the boy in the mud/sand was taken on the shore at the fishing village in Tanji.

All of the above travel portraits were taken with a Canon 5D2 and a 50mm 1.4 prime lens using natural light only.  Some of the images were taken candidly whilst others were posed.  

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 would love to return to the country and travel down the river.

More of my travel photography from West Africa can be found on my website, my Facebook and my Flickr account.  If you are interested in purchasing any prints, using an image online or would like further information please send me an email at: