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A Theroux Look at The Streets of Tanzania

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“That was taken for the natural order in Africa:

frolicking children, labouring women, idle men.”

While in Tanzania I was reading a book recommended by my father called “Dark Star Safari”. It’s one of the many highly acclaimed books written by travel writer Paul Theroux. I do like the guy, he writes with a healthy dose of cynicism. He also shows no fear in the face of this “P.C. gone mad” world of ours, writing with the intent of helping the continent he once called home, as opposed to regurgitating the same old, tired-yet-safe phrases to which it, and it’s people, are so often attached.

With a broad yet vibrant brush he paints a picture of Africa that has forever stuck in my mind. “Africans, less esteemed than ever, seemed to me the most lied-to people on earth – manipulated by their governments, burned by foreign experts, befooled by charities, and cheated at every turn. To be an African leader was to be a thief, but evangelists stole people’s innocence and self-serving aid agencies gave them false hope, which seemed worse. In reply, Africans dragged their feet or tried to emigrate, they begged, they pleaded, they demanded money and gifts with a rude, weird sense of entitlement.”

Looking back to what it was like for him in Africa as a young school teacher, somewhere in Africa, I think maybe Zambia, again he paints a picture: “…living near a settlement of mud huts amongst dusty trees and parched fields: children shrieking at play; and women bent double – most with infants slung on their backs – hoeing the corn and beans; and the men sitting in the shade stupefying themselves on chibuku, the local beer, or kachasu, the local gin.”

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Man being wheeled home on a recycled door after a big night on the Konyagi, advertised as the local spirit it tastes just like gin.

“That was taken for the natural order in Africa: frolicking children, labouring women, idle men.” It is this phrase which I have tried to mould my Tanzanian street photos to.

FROLICKING CHILDREN

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LABOURING WOMEN

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IDLE MEN

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Of course, much like the nature of a street survey, it’s easy to collect data to suit a theory, rather than finding a theory to suit the data. All one has to do is highlight the evidence that supports it while ignore any evidence to the contrary. The following are some images that do not support his observation.

LABOURING CHILDREN

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FROLOCKING MEN

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IDLE FAUNA

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LABOURING MEN

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Zanzibar

Zanzibar

Funnily enough, I still couldn’t manage to find a shot of an idle woman. Perhaps there is some truth in Theroux’s words.

These last images have no real place here but ima post them anyway.

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I’m Just Waiting For A Mate

A friend recently informed me of this ozi meme that’s apparently been circling for ages. That’s usually how I’m made privy to the happenings of the world. This shot was taken on our drive from Dar Es Salaam to Moshi, Tanzania. In case there are some as bad as me, in keeping up to date with pretty much everything, here’s a link to the original I’m referencing:  http://www.news.com.au/technology/car-crash-drink-driver-telling-police-he-was-waiting-for-a-mate-goes-viral-online/story-e6frfro0-1226583565788

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To see more posts from this trip follow this link: Tanzanian Trip 2013

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Head in the Clouds

Im currently racking up the hours that iv either been in the air or waiting in the airport for my turn to return to the air. I know its got to be at least 20 now, but could also be as long as 70. Who’s to know. I haven’t slept for the duration though, so this post may be a little sloppy. No time for sleep, much too excited, my little screen tells me its only one hour to go before me and dad touch down in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The three week road trip  around the country won’t officially start until tomorrow when we meet up with Javier, my brother, at Mt Kilimanjaro.

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Having not touched terra firma yet I can’t make my first Tanzanian post. I have, however, sifted through some shots taken recently that fit to the sky heavy theme that’s going on out the window.

Italian for clouds, I always thought the word nebia was phonetically unfitting.  It’s too sharp, kind of tinny? Had I internet up here I’d now be stuck on youtube in a perpetual cycle of Monty Python clips.

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Cloud, that’s a much better sound for the apparently voluminous yet ephemeral meteorological phenomenon. To pronounce nebia you barely have to open your jaw wide enough to take a sip from your conveniently located scotch on ice. Say cloud and, for a fraction of a second, you have enough room to sneak a marshmallow WHICH!, seeing as wer on the subject of phonetics, is pronounced marshmellos, not marshmarllows. Truth be told I have been known to pronounce the later version, but only for nostalgic reasons, or if I’m looking for a cheap thrill.

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On the ground now with some net to post. With the sleep deprivation induced insanity slowly dissipating, I realise this whole post is based on my belief that nebia is italian for cloud, which it is not. Apologies, nebia means fog, nuvole is cloud. Ima post this anyway.

 

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Street shot: James St, Brisbane, QLD

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Looking Back

This house once stood a couple of doors down from mine. One day it just vanished.

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The shot of the house was taken almost two years ago. The shot of the empty block I shot just a couple hours ago. Both were taken in almost exactly the same position with the same lens (Nikon 50mm 1.8 G).  The extra coverage is due to a recent upgrade to full frame.

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Wide eye on Brisbane

Ever since the switch to full frame Iv not had a compatible wide angle lens to play with and consequently forgotten how much fun they can be. A few weeks ago I found what I thought to be quite a bargain on ebay, a second hand nikon mount ,sigma, fixed 18mm f/3.5 lens. It finally arrived and, although the explanations for its low asking price are endlessly revealing themselves, I’m having fun with it. These are a few I took today after dropping off some film to Big W. The first one is a .gif so may take a sec to load.

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Italia On 35mm Film – Day Four

And heres the last of it I promise. Italy can be stretched no longer.

Venice

Venice

Venice

Venice

Venice

Venice

Venice

Venice

Venice

Venice

Venice

Venice

Venice

Venice

Venice

Venice

Ferarra

Ferarra

Monger. Venice

Monger. Venice

Fish Monger, Venice

Fish Monger, Venice

Venice

Venice

Venice

Venice

Venice

Venice

Lido, Venice

Lido, Venice

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soh cah toa

As some of my friends have already been made painfully aware, I have recently purchased a new 35mm film camera. It was bought to replace a faithful yet tired companion, my old Nikon fm. The original “Dads Old Camera” was suffering some light leaks, probably due to a few too many hard knocks against train station floors, as well as an out of service light meter. Tired of having to always bring a hand held light meter with me on the streets I decided it was time to shelve the much loved machine and finally purchase the Nikon F4, aka the best 35mm film camera ever made

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Here is a sample of shots to come from the worthy successor.

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f4 print scan

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Italia On 35mm Film – Day Three (sort of)

A little late but, wata u gona do?… A punto.

Train Staion, Venice

Train Staion, Venice

Lido

Lido

Lido

Lido

Lido

Lido

Lido

Lido

Villa Branca, Toscana

Villa Branca, Toscana

Villa Branca, Toscana

Villa Branca, Toscana

Venice

Venice

Villa Branca , Toscana

Villa Branca , Toscana

Ice Cream Sandwiches, Venice

Ice Cream Sandwiches, Venice

Fishmonger, Venice

Fishmonger, Venice

Vaporetto, Venice

Vaporetto, Venice

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ITALIA ON 35MM – DAY TWO

As promised, another 12 shots from the italian film batch.

Lido, Venezia

Lido, Venezia

Rapallo

Rapallo

San Polo in Chianti, Wilma and Piero,

San Polo in Chianti, Wilma and Piero,

Piazza della Signoria, Firenze

Piazza della Signoria, Firenze

Rapallo

Rapallo

Piazza della Signoria, Firenze

Piazza della Signoria, Firenze

Piazza della Signoria, Firenze

Piazza della Signoria, Firenze

Piazza Santo Spirito, aka best piazza in Florence

Piazza Santo Spirito, aka best piazza in Florence

Arezzo's antique market

Street Photographer, Arezzo’s antique market

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Piazza della Signoria, Firenze

 

Ferrara

Ferrara

Firenze

Firenze

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