Photographer's Note

There are some members of TE, Craig (macjake) being one of them, who seem to believe that my main ambition in photography is to cram as many people as possible into every picture.

Well, it's not quite true. But on the other hand, what's wrong with people? They make a street or a square come alive, sometimes they do amusing things, sometimes they wear nice colours.

This is from the main street of Asmara, capital of Eritrea, in late April 1993. A few days earlier the Eritrean people had overwhelmingly voted for independence from Ethiopia in a referendum. This day people of every religious congregation, mainly Christians and Muslims, formed a huge rally through the city in a manifestation of unity and peaceful coexistence. I was due to leave Eritrea the next day and had regarded my job as finished, but this rally gave me a chance to file one last story. I spent an hour or two running around the city to take photos, and as the rally reached the main street, and I found myself just outside my hotel, I rushed to my room to get some photos from above. Maybe I had in mind to set a personal record of cramming as many people as possible into a photo. There is still some empty space here and there, but believe me Craig, I did the best I could.

The people in this photo are all Christian, as far as I can tell. Here is a larger version. Two more photos can be seen as workshops. One shows a number of rather grumpy old men, the other a group of mainly smiling young women. They were all scanned from Kodachrome slides.

The Map:view will show you the location of this shot, but the yellow man is not allowed to run around in Asmara.

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