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Island of Gorée - Senegal

The island of Gorée lies off the coast of Senegal, opposite Dakar. From the 15th to the 19th century, it was the largest slave-trading centre on the African coast. Ruled in succession by the Portuguese, Dutch, English and French, its architecture is characterized by the contrast between the grim slave-quarters and the elegant houses of the slave traders. Today it continues to serve as a reminder of human exploitation and as a sanctuary for reconciliation.

Barefooted children play football at the central Square in the Íle de Gorée, Senegal. Football is the big sport in Africa, but in Africa it’s too hot to play in the burning mid day sun. This picture is taken in the early afternoon, with better and longer shadows. Behind is one of many slave merchant houses on the island behind, built in 1770. The L1 is handy to take action like this and the focus is very quick in the AFC mode.

Senegal is full of colour, but it is in clothes rather than the houses. I was walking down a small street in the Íle de Gorée, Senegal and suddenly this small square opened up.

Maybe six or seven big families live in this first house behind the football field The Panasonic L1 is a perfect camera to get the details and the colours. Here I used the Dynamic colour mode setting to get the best result.

Inside the Fort d´Estrées Historical museum. This woman was a tourist from Dakar, and she just sat there for two hours, enjoying the quiet time inside the fortress walls. The strong midday light is harsh but that can be beautiful too.

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Island of Gorée - Senegal
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