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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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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 – 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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