Behind the Lens
David Noton continues to find the photographic opportunities in Senegal captivating but challenging.
I think it’s safe to say no one comes to Senegal for the landscape. As we’re driven north from the Cap Vert peninsula the paysage rolls past, flat as a crepe, and I’m starting to wonder what they do come for. But the views are getting steadily more rustic as herds of goats and baobab trees take over from the dreary sprawl of Dakar. The villages we pass though feature the usual breeze block architecture and half-finished buildings that seem the hallmark of so much of the Third World, but also thriving markets, and stalls selling melons line the road. We overtake a battered bus with a lad clinging precariously one-handed to the exterior rear ladder as he texts. Police wave us through the frequent checkpoints. We’re well into the trip now; I can feel the momentum building.
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