Thursday, February 25, 2010

Bad Dogs and Johnny Paul Tireless

The streets of Freetown...

Welcome sign at Lungi International Airport. Apparently Sierra Leone has a Secretariat dedicated to 'attitudinal and behavioral change'...


A custom designed gate on the streets of Freetown.


Typical 'sidewalks' crumbling - people are quite adept at dodging the cement chunks and gutter openings...


The royal statue at the gates of my hotel, the Kimbima... (one of the newer and better hotels that touts itself as a 5 star)


Piled and rotting rubbish and the threat painted on the wall, warning people not to piss here...


More rubbish and graffiti.


A teddy bear sale above the gutter on a main street sidewalk. So cute! Just wondering who in Freetown has the funds, time or energy to buy used plush toys from the roadside...



A typical glimpse of a family house compound. I love all the colours. Laundry, buckets, pots, cups, people, all parts of the busy whole.


Avocado seller.


Childhood in many parts of Africa is about hard work and co-parenting can start by age 5. Here a big sister carries her sibling on the long walk to school.


The mobile phone companies signs provide decoration across the country in many villages. Fresh coats of pain are offered to poor and dilapitated buildings, at the cost of free advertising for the Cellco...


Love the name of this business...


Waterloo Street.



A bunch of guys ... lots of waiting around.


More 'free' paint jobs for tired walls...


Lots of corrugated tin structures...


Amerikin Enterprises...





Growth, Togetherness, Happiness. The promises of yet another mobile phone operator.

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15 comments:

Lorac said...

Thank you for this glimpse into your world. Always colourful and interesting!

christopher said...

insightful pictures...thanks for the view.

jinksy said...

Astonishing scenes to us in England- really made me stop and ponder. Fantastic photo of the avocado seller...

Danyelle said...

Great pictures. Thank you for sharing--and for making me think. :)

deb said...

sigh
heavy sigh

and that avocado seller picture is art. really

The pale observer said...

Thanks all! I also loved the way the avo seller pic came out. These were all taken with my iphone!!

Anna said...

Wow!

Anna
x

Land of shimp said...

Oh good, there you are, Holli! Good to see words from you again.

I do wonder what the attitudinal and behavioral change secretariat does, and the only things that spring easily to mind have sort of an Orwellian feel to them, whereas the pictures most decidedly don't.

The picture are fascinating, but are as strange to me as if they come from a different planet, or galaxy. For some reason the Teddy Bears are the most surreal of the lot.

In regards to your other post, this may be my favorite line of the entire year:

"The place literally looks as if it were built without an architect, by 10 rival groups of 7 year olds"

Isn't it amazing how easily that conjured a mental picture?

I admit, I don't know enough about Sierra Leone to comment intelligently upon anything...but your pictures and words intrigued me enough that I'm off to find out more.

#167 Dad said...

Thought provoking photos.
I realy like the shot of the woman carrying the avacados.

A Touch of Dutch said...

I appreciate you taking the time to share things like this! I'm going to enjoy reading your blog :-) Thanks for your comment on mine as well & I wish you a wonderful weekend!

Wendy T said...

How wonderful to take a trip through a place that I am unlikely to ever visit! Wonderful pictures!

Enchanted Oak said...

Hi, Holli,
I came by to visit and found this wonderful series of snapshots showing life in Sierra Leone. It was a fascinating trip! My mom fled to a missionary office in Liberia after my dad died, and she served for a year. I treasured her letters to me during that time. Your photos were like reading those letters of hers.
Greetings from Chris in California

Gayle Pescud said...

"The place literally looks as if it were built without an architect, by 10 rival groups of 7 year olds"

Love this too.
And love the photo journey. I mean, this is life, real and in your face. Though Sierra Leone, this is why I love West Africa.

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