Packing Light

The visual musings of a globetrotting photojournalist
70mm @ 1/800, f/4.5, ISO 100

Burkina Faso recently made international headlines when its citizens deposed the country’s president, Blaise Compaoré, after he attempted to amend the constitution in an effort to retain his leadership position (despite holding the office for 27 years). Most news photos of the events surrounding the…

Burkina Faso Express (3 of 3): Land of the Upright People

5-frame HDR @ 24mm, f/5.6, ISO 100

In Burkina Faso’s far southwestern region lies the country’s fourth largest city, Banfora. From a tourism perspective, the city itself is not particularly noteworthy, but nearby geologic features make this one of the country’s can’t miss destinations. The Cascades de Karfiguéla, also known as the…

Burkina Faso Express (2 of 3): Banfora Geology

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 3): 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

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