Category Archives: Mali

Dogon Woman

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Mali, West Africa 2003 A Dogon woman passes by our group. She turns her head slightly to get a glimpse of the “toubabs” or white people. It never ceased to amaze me at how fashionable these woman appeared despite doing manual … Continue reading

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A Rest in Taodenni

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Taodenni, Mali 2005 Touareg men pass the time at the salt mines of Taodenni. They have come north from Tombouctou with their camels laden with fodder and millet. They will trade millet and/or buy salt from the miners and then travel … Continue reading

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Mali: Salt Caravan

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Mali: Somewhere between Taodenni and Timbuktu 2005 Men load salt slabs on several hundred camels each dawn and unload them when the caravan stops for the night which may be at 2 or 3 a.m. They repeat these chores each day for … Continue reading

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Architecture of Djenne

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Djenne, Mali 2001 I wonder if anyone goes to Djenne nowadays what with Boko Haram and all. We were lucky to go back in the day. I didn’t go with a photo tour so I had to get my shots on the run. Above … Continue reading

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Fulani or Peul?

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On the Border Between Mali and Mauritania 2005 We stopped in a market town where the Fulani or Peul (the French call this tribe Peul) women wore these coin headdresses. This woman has a tattoo on her chin in addition … Continue reading

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Abu-Simbal

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Egypt 1998 Four statues of Ramses II once faced Nubia on Egypt’s southern border. The temple was dedicated to the god Amon-Re who might be called the Egyptian version of Zeus. Inside the temple are several halls filled with huge statues … Continue reading

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Niger River Traffic

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Mali, West Africa 2003 A man and a boy float on the Niger propelled by the wind. The billowing sail echoes the ‘c’ curve of the man’s back. The ‘c’ curve integrates the aspects of the image. Look for curving lines … Continue reading

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The Azalai

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Araouane, Mali 2002 Azalai, a Tamasheq (Berber) term for salt caravan A Berber man assists in the loading of salt slabs on the backs of camels. He controls the camel using the peg inserted in the camel’s nostrils. Control of the … Continue reading

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Riddle of the Sphinx

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Mali: Timbuktu 1998 Remember the riddle of the sphinx? What animal walks on four legs in the morning, two legs in the afternoon and three legs in the evening? Answer: Man, who as a baby crawls, as an adult walks … Continue reading

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Timbuktu or Tombouctou

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Mali: Timbuktu or Tombouctou 2005 We returned to Timbuktu mid-morning. Our 5000KM trek through the Sahara was over. The first signs of Timbuktu were the houses of the Bella, vassals to the Touareg. The houses are made of reeds most likely … Continue reading

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