There is a great power in Africa which throbs in the land like a drum beat and then spirals up through its people, radiating from every pore in their skin and fashioning a most complex range of human expression…
I look back at this photo of a girl in Goma and I see shyness, strength, pride, defiance, warmth, dignity, among so many other emotions that come at me from her face and her posture.
If you have been to Africa, you perhaps would have felt that it is a place that keeps beckoning you back, because you realize that you left a part of you there and took a small part that always tugs at you to take it back home.
19 replies on “Day 14~ April 14th~ Congo”
Yes, I left some part of me there – but what I’m unendingly grateful for is that some of there came back to stay for good and all with me here. Adrian
What a powerful portrait Mimo.. you have exceeded even your own extraordinarily high standard with this one.. Magnificent..
What a beautiful face! Just love that expression!
Elle est très belle!
Yes, I feel exactly the same as you about the complexity of expression in almost every photo I have made in Africa–no matter how old or young the person. There is a piercing frankness. It does draw me back, so powerfully.
Yes, and you express it so wonderfully Paul. Thank you for your comment
Beautiful Mimo. I am constantly awed by your Congo series. I love your people pictures, you have a true talent in bringing out the personalities. Every picture talks loudly. 🙂
Thank you Natalie, and am so grateful for your constant encouragement and support on twitter and wordpress. You are so very kind
The last two posts have been encouraging and warm to the heart.
Thank you for letting me know Frank. I am so glad
I was born in Africa and lived till the age of 5 in Mali. I revisited Africa for almost two years in 1981-82. I can assure you that I would rather live and work anywhere in Africa, within all the current political upheaval, than in any developed State…Where else can you find natural kindness among people?
I can only imagine the impact this must have had on your life! I completely understand your sentiment!
What a lovely look and a beautiful smile!
Very nice facial expression. Thanks for sharing Nonoy Manga
Thank you for your comment!
Thank you Earl!
A great shot, I agree this lovely child does show shyness, but with a beautiful smile.
Thank you Mags!