Senegal

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Front of ‘my’ house in Rufisque,Senegal 1997

See how short my hair was?  In the picture with my is Mohamet and Mamadou. We are sitting fromof Massuer’s old Mercedes diesel.  He has since bought a different car. I’m not sure who took this picture.  I’m tempted to say it is a self portrait, but that doesn’t seem likely.  This picture would have been taken in the afternoon because the sun is behind our backs.

Rufisque Senegal

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Mamadou loves his football at the arena in Rufisque, Senegal 1997.

Mamadou watches the football action in this photo from 1997.  You may be able to see my trusty leather backpack hanging from the fence.  I believe that my mother has since claimed that bag as her own.

Senegalese Football in Rufisque Senegal

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Saturday, August 12, 2006

Little Marietou in Rufisque, Senegal 1997

Little Marietou was so scared of me when I first arrived in 1997.  She was the only child that wouldn’t shake my hand.  Everytime I started to say something she would run away or cower under her mother’s clothing.  During the trip I took this year she acted completely different.  This time she wouldn’t STOP shaking my hand and she started crying when I left her house on the way to the airport.

Child in Rufisque, Senegal

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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Football in Rufisque, Senegal 1997

This is another shot taken during the Football match at the local arena.  I think the tickets were the equivalent of 20 cents.  There is a stand where one can sit in the shade, but it was just too overly crowded to make observation pleasant.

Football in Rufisque, Senegal

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Sunday, August 06, 2006

Business man in Rufisque, Senegal 1997

At the time Yacham was the second business owner in the household.  Currently, the collective household has three businessmen in it.  The entrepreneur builds houses and the two businessmen sell building and construction materials.

Rufisque Senegal
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Friday, August 04, 2006

Adama in Rufisque, Senegal, 1997

I loved taking photos outside of the family house.  The morning sun was sufficiently illuminating to make picture taking easy.

Rufisque Senegal

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Sunday, July 16, 2006

Waiting for a taxi in downtown Rufisque, Senegal.

This day we took a trip to Dakar to do some shopping.  It was a miserable trip.  The traffic was horrible and the diesel fumes were almost overpowering.

Rufisque Senegal
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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Arafat II, Rufisque, Senegal

Mamadou and Yacham used the driver of this horse drawn cart to deliver their building supplies to their customers.  Notice Pape and the children playing fussball in the rear.

Rufisque Senegal
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Saturday, June 17, 2006

Cement engine, Rufisque, Senegal 2006

The best I can tell is that this is some sort of equipment to haul other equipment around the cement factory.  The sky viewed from within the boundaries of the cement factory were as brown/grey as you see in this photo.  This was the dirtiest day I spent in Senegal.  We wore particle masks while visiting.  The place was hot from ovens drying/curing the ingredients.  The place was loud from the pulverizers cruching stone into dust.  The grand scale of the equipment made the place almost surreal.

Rufisque Senegal

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Friday, June 16, 2006

Aminta Ndiaye, Rufisque, Senegal 2006

My host’s daughter turned three during my first weekend in their home.  This picture was taken a few days afterwards.  For some reason each day as soon as I took my camera out to clean it the family just appeared ready to be photographed.  Here she is showing her beautiful smile.  Her brother, Massuer, liked to be in pictures with his sister.  You can see his fist and arm entering from the left side of the frame.

During my first trip to Senegal in 1995, I was given the name Ousman Ndoye in memory of Ma’am Fatou Seck’s grandfather.  She named me herself.  On this trip I was reminded that I am fed and housed by the people named Ndiaye.  My name was subsequently changed to Ousman Ndiaye.  Sometimes I was called Ousman Ndoye Ndiaye.

Rufisque Senegal

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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Rufisque, Senegal in 2006

Here is a shot of my friend, Mamadou on the street in the market section of Rufisque.  This was on one of my last days in Senegal.  I shopped for books, bags, souvenirs and decent photos.  I failed to capture the scene without a squint.  The skies were nearly cloud free over the whole trip.  There were hardly any days where strong sun didn’t help and hinder my photographic efforts.

Rufisque Senegal

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Saturday, June 10, 2006

Rufisque, Senegal 2006

We went to the Socosim cement factory to offer a sacrifice for the continued safe operation of the factory.  Socosim is probably the largest employer inthis area of Senegal.

In this photo is one of the large trucks that delivered raw cement dust to the different areas of the factory.  You can see in the background that our party is walking through piles of the dust.  There were places where the dust was three feet high.  The dust was so ubiquitous that I didn’t take that many photos in this area. I was scared that the dust would get into the camera and cause problems.  To this day, I hear a grinding noise when I focus my 45mm lens.

As hot as the weather might seem in the picture , the temperature over the whole two week trip didn’t exceed 80 degrees F.  Most nights were cool enough for my skin to goosepimple.

Rufisque Senegal

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Thursday, June 08, 2006

Rufisque, Senegal 2006

I’ll start posting my photos from my trip to Sene’gal, West Africa now.  I initially wanted to post only 16 photos.  these would represent one photo from each of the rolls of film I shot in Senegal.  I’ve had to recalculate the number of photos, because I forgot to include the 500 or so shots I took with the digital camera.  I’ll post many more photos from the film camera because the digital photos lack the exposure latitude that film has.  Many of the digital photos of my friend’s faces are underexposed.  The film showed a much broader range.  Perhaps if I had taken a strobe I could have gotten some better shots, but I didn’t want to lug too much electronic stuff with me.

This is my friend’s sister-in-law.  This is the woman that took care of me everyday.  She made sure that I ate, that my clothes were cleaned and that the room was properly fumigated.  (The mosquitos were pretty bad for a few days.)

Rufisque Senegal

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