Photographer's Note

I will try another B&W picture from Burkina Faso in West Africa in 1982.

These are children I met by chance somewhere in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, which in those days was known as Upper Volta (la Haute Volta). Generally people just called the city Ouaga. There are lots of places in Burkina Faso, Mali, the Ivory Coast and Guinea ending their names with "dougou", meaning (as far as I know) "town" or "large village".

This encounter was so brief I don't remember it at all. So I don't know if I asked them to pose for me, or they asked me for a photo. In the end we were all happy, although in those pre-digital days there was no way they could ever see the picture. I think the experience of having had their picture taken, and by a white man, was good enough for them.

I have scanned this from an Ilford FP4 B&W negative.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12126 W: 567 N: 23178] (99884)
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