Jamestown is a popular destination with tourists visiting Accra, and so overtime locals have become more averse to passers-by and in some cases more hardened. The prevailing feeling from talking to locals has been that pictures taken will be sold to magazines and the images will be used as a source of amusement for audiences in Europe and North America. So, it wasn’t surprising that when we arrived here, cameras at the ready that we were immediately approached by the ‘tourism officer’ who demanded a tax for entering Jamestown and payment for a ‘compulsory’ guide. After a rather optimistic demand of 150 Ghanian Cedis (GH₵), we decided to walk away in the direction of Accra city centre only to be halted by the same ‘officer’ who now offered to reduce the price to 30 GH₵ and provide us with his best female tour guide. Within a few minutes, we were on our way down towards the beach with a very expressive hostess. People in Ghana are very open and friendly, however taking photos without permission is certainly a no-no. In Jamestown, extra caution has to take place, and we shot only when we had gestured for a photo and permission being granted. Our hostess, who had a very important business meeting to attend to, decided to make time for us and guide us through the settlement. Rosie was to tell us when we could and couldn’t take any photos, although she was more interested in attention on herself. The heat and intense smell of the waste along the beach front rose as we walked through patches of sand and rubbish strewn across the beachfront. The population across this stretch of coastline has dramatically increased over the past two decades, and many fishermen use this site every day.
Driving back to Beirut from the Saint Charbel Monastery the sun was setting and so we decided to pull over and enjoy the view. The colours are so radiant and ever changing, for a photographer there an infinite number of possibilities when setting up to take a shot under these conditions. Don’t overthink it, keep it simple and take the shot that you love.
A view from the back of the Saint Charbel Church.
Youssef Antoun Makhlouf joined the Lebanese Maronite Order in 1851 and by becoming a monk he took the name Charbel, after a Christian Martyr in Antioch from the 2nd century. The church is a site for pilgrims from Christian and Muslim faiths in Lebanon.
As you walk around the back of the Church you get some spectacular views of the mountainous terrain Lebanon is famous for. Great place to take a few minutes to reflect on the history of the place.
I took this photo at The #Temple of #Bacchus also known as the sanctuary of #Atargatis with its 69m length and 36m width and its 18.2m high columns makes you feel like an ant when you walk through its entrance. There is no antique temple of this size anywhere else in the world that is so well preserved. Atargatis was the second diety of the Phoenician pantheon, and formed a couple with Baal. She was the mother of the gods and represented female fecundity, sexual desire and war, with her vine, her crescent and her lions. There is no evidence that this temple was converted in to a church, as may be found elsewhere in the Levant.
Beirut, Zaytouna Bay, Lebanon
I have been in Beirut for the last few days working on a project. Last night, I had an opportunity to explore ‘DT’ or Downtown. We had dinner and no evening is complete without a visit to a cafe. Keeping my camera at my hip at all times, I carried on as per usual and we ended the night with a walk along the marina. A moments inspiration, with the background, technology abound we used out phones as the lightsource to create this image. After a few failed attempts, letter blunders and with the help of two passers-by, we finally got this shot!