I don’t know how theses photos happened. I was photographing bits and pieces in the nearby shanty town in the top one. I haven’t done any post-processing to it. The bottom one is the only other “mistake photo” I’ve found. It’s of the local cornershop. I did post-process this one into black and white.
The shantytown that I walked through every day. And sketched.
Was destroyed at the beginning of the month.
The landowner wanted the land back.
Land is expensive in this part of Dakar.
Even though it might not look like it.
100 or more folk lived in this shantytown. They were from Guinea.
The last of the cardboard, metal and wood is still being salvaged.
“Dope alley”, as it was known, has been destroyed.
So has an area where women and children lived and grew beans and maize.
A few remain. They live under cardboard.
The Guineans carried their belongings.
And left some behind.
All sorts of fragments of life.
Before they moved off, on foot, to another part of Dakar to rebuild.
I started this sketch of Dakar ten days ago.
I put in about an hour or two per day.
I’m still finishing the details. It’s a present. It’ll be done by Christmas.
Dakar and kipple is the vague idea.
Plenty of kipple in Dakar. Sketched with a 0.1 mm nib, black ink, Steadler pigment liner Fineliner pen.
Typical 7AM in Dakar, Senegal.
Fast food? Senegalese style. In Saint Louis.
Photo by me.
I’m starting to think about Project K, which I’ll be working on more or less full-time throughout 2015, and how I want to illustrate it. I’d like to do more sketches, but nothing really like those I’ve been doing up until now. It’s more about finding a detail in a scene to focus and expand upon, whilst at the same time describing, but definitely not focussing on, the rest of the scene. It sounds a bit like writing really.
0.1 mm nib, black ink, Steadler pigment liner Fineliner pen, on Moleskine plain paper notebook.