This is a series of portraits that were shot in rural areas in The Gambia. The series shows people, young and old, from the Mandinka and Fula ethnic groups. Taking photographs of people in The Gambia can be challenging as many people are totally against it. Nobody can blame people for not wanting a camera waved in their faces; I’d object too. In rural areas of The Gambia, there is deep rooted suspicion about cameras. Some say that to take a photograph of a person is akin to taking their soul. Understanding a culture of a country before you arrive is just part of being a responsible tourist. These photos were taken by creating a rapport with the individuals that appear in them. What better way to learn about the people?

Portraits of the Gambia

This is Boy (that is his name). He’s so proud of owning a cow which makes him rather wealthy in rural Gambia.

Buba is from the Fula ethnic group. We met him up river in The Gambia and was fascinated by us, although he was also very wary too.

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This is Buba’s mother, Fanta. They live in a small rural village with their extended family.

These lads were just a delight! We needed to stop the truck to clean the fuel filters. They thought we’d broken down so joined us with their tools to offer their assistance. I’m not sure what mechanical problem could be resolved with a shovel and a pickaxe but it’s the thought that counts!Portraits of The Gambia

These lads were just a delight! We needed to stop the truck to clean the fuel filters. They thought we’d broken down so joined us with their tools to offer their assistance. I’m not sure what mechanical problem could be resolved with a shovel and a pickaxe but it’s the thought that counts!

At Tendaba Community School, the kids don’t need health and safety certificates for the playground equipment to have a good time!

Moses wasn’t interested in us at all. He only wanted to play in Mowgli. He spent at least an hour pretending to drive!

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Ali spends his free time at the pier in Tendaba fishing for crab. If he’s lucky with his catch, he can sell it and contribute towards his school fund.

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Kebba and Sukeye are brother and sister and Kebba took an instant liking to Graham.

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Kebba is such a cutie! Here’s he’s watching his older brother fish for crabs and trying to learn the tricks of the trade.

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The joys of the overloaded Banjul ferry!

Denba is smoking the day’s catch at the Tanji fishing village. He doesn’t get paid very much for his efforts.

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Meet Ben! He sells crafts in the Albert Market in Banjul. Although we bought nothing from him, he gifted me a bracelet made from shells. It’s pretty humbling when these people have relatively little compared to those from more developed countries.
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