Category Archives: Togo

Voodoo Ceremony

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West Africa 2003 I’ve said it before. The camera can be like a glass wall between me and what I’m looking at. Here the wall was even less transparent as I had my flash to contend with. There was very … Continue reading

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Moba Tribe of Togo

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Togo 2003 A young Moba man bares his filed teeth. The Moba are aggressive. Young men learn to fight as part of growing up. The faces of the men have delicate scars covering the cheeks, another characteristic of their tribe. This … Continue reading

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Togo’s Somba Tribe

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Togo 2003 A Somba woman grinds pulses in a room of the “castle”. The rooms don’t connect by hallways. They connect through an inner patio. This great light is doorway light and it is lovely.  I am standing in her … Continue reading

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Togo’s Somba Tribe

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Togo 2003 The Somba live in houses that resemble tiny castles. Pointed thatched roofs cover the turrets. Here a Somba woman opens one of the turrets that serves as a granary. Women fill the granary. The grain or beans or … Continue reading

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Witch Doctor and Wife

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Togo 2001 We met two witch doctors that day. The witch doctors, both of them, had a kindly demeanor more like a priest than what we think of when we hear the word voodoo.Both were grandfatherly, but this man was … Continue reading

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Voodoo in Togo

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Togo 2001 We had driven from Lome into the bush where we parked by a canal and met some Togolese boatmen who had been hired to take us to a small ‘island’. It must have been near the ocean as when the … Continue reading

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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Northern Togo 2001 A woman with her children close beside her sells in the market place. Her baby lies contentedly on her back and her daughter sits ready to help the minute the mother speaks. I can see from the … Continue reading

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Voodoo with Fire

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Northern Togo 2003 We were driving to Lome zigzagging through the landscape to see as many traditional African customs as possible. We arrived in this village after dark. A fire blazed brightly. Villagers milled about in the shadows staring at us. We were the … Continue reading

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Lome Grand Market

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Lome, Togo 2000 A bird’s eye view of the Grand Marche’ in Lome. It’s a woman’s world. Now and then a man with flowing robes would stride through the crowd, but it’s the women, the “Madam Benzes”, who carry on the business of buying … Continue reading

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Togo Market Scenes

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Togo, West Africa  2000 It was almost dark when we arrived at this market.  This lovely young girl was staying until she sold the last of her tomatoes. She was surprised to have me take her photo as she walked through … Continue reading

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