Twenty :: Ghana

‘Twenty’ part 27 :: Ghana, 1998

Twenty‘ is an occasional series marking the first twenty years of my work as a professional photographer.

Up in the far north of Ghana, very close to the Burkina Faso border, we visited a group of women who were learning literacy in the evenings after they’d finished working in their fields. We arrived at dusk, to a great welcoming, dust-raising dance. I jumped into the middle of the circle, dodging arms and legs, trying to make some visual sense of the scene, and finally came up with this (which I like).

If I can find the copy of Tear Times it was in, I’ll drop that into the page here too – this ran as a double page spread.  At the moment, I can’t even remember what the town was we were visiting unfortunately. I do know that very close to here was the hotel I mentioned in an earlier blog post, and that the journalist I was travelling with that day is still unhappy about where I made him sleep (and all because I didn’t want to share a double bed with him…).

Dancing on the border :: Ghana 1998 :: copyright Tearfund

Dancing on the border :: Ghana 1998 :: copyright Tearfund

Photos: Richard Hanson/Tearfund

Copyright: Tearfund – no reproduction without permission


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