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What's in a Picture?

Gorée Island


David Noton finds the traces of the dark past elusive on Senegal’s historic Gorée Island.

I’m photographing a colourfully dressed woman with a plate on her head, as you do. Unusually for here she seems quite happy to be photographed. I guess that’s because they’re used to it here; this is Senegal’s primary tourist destination after all. After all the finger wagging and demands for money it’s a relief to expose some hassle-free pixels, quite frankly. After the frenetic hustle and hassle of Dakar (see last month’s Behind the Lens) I was looking forward to the relaxed traffic-free ambience of the island, but initial impressions of Gorée are a touch disappointing.

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