Packing Light

The visual musings of a globetrotting photojournalist
195mm @ 1/500, f/5, ISO 200

Bobo-Dioulasso is the second largest city in Burkina Faso after the capital, Ouagadougou. Located in the country’s tropical southwest, the city serves as a major social and economic hub in the region. With a population of more than 500,000, the city is home to a…

Burkina Faso Express (1 of 4): Bobo-Dioulasso

200mm @ 1/5000, f/4, ISO 400

Niger hosts a diverse array of flora and fauna, including more than 130 mammal species. Among these is the endangered West African Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis peralta). Since the early 20th century, poaching and loss of habitat have combined to drastically reduce the numbers of these…

Niger Express (4 of 4): The Last Herd

28mm @ 1/200, f/6.3, ISO 100

Several miles north of Niamey lies the small river village of Boubon. The village is a transit point for goods crossing the Niger River, and also hosts a popular weekly market. The village is well known for the high-quality local pottery its artisans churn out,…

Niger Express (3 of 4): Boubon

25mm @ 1/320, f/3.5, ISO 1600

Niger’s geography makes large-scale agriculture and livestock production impractical, but subsistence farming (particularly millet) and pastoralism are still two of the primary ways a large portion of the desert-dominated country’s residents make their living. In the capital, however, there is a more diverse economy. While…

Niger Express (2 of 4): Working for a Living

24mm @ 1/250, f/7.1, ISO 100

Situated primarily along the eastern bank of the Niger River, Niamey is the largest and most populous city in Western Africa’s largest country. Niamey not only serves as Niger’s capital and administrative center, but also as the primary trade and cultural outlet for a nation…

Niger Express (1 of 4): Niamey


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