In my compound in the village of Illela, about 75 km south of Tahoua in Niger, West Africa, Il Batul sits eating dates with her daughter in her lap. An extended family of Tuareg herders had “adopted me” after I helped them secure medical care at the local clinic where they had previously been ignored. Each afternoon, some of the women would drop by and sit beneath the tree with their children.

I liked the triangle of their hands, the detail on Il Batul’s thumb, enlarged from pounding millet with mortar and pestle, and the look of concentration on her daughter’s face as she sucked on dried dates. Shot with Topcon 35mm using Tri-X film.

Seeing the world through the lens of a camera provides both distance and intimacy. I have been interested in photography ever since my mother gave me my first SLR, a Topcon, four decades ago. I began writing poetry at about the same time. Both have made my life a richer experience.

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  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 4 years ago

  • Valarie Napawanetz
    Valarie Napawa...about 4 years ago

    Again, thank you. I am excited to be included in the artwork on your site. Africa is such a part of me.

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