Photographer's Note

Just before the storm, I shot this view from the Luanda bay. The scene is quite appealing and the place is quite attractive. It is also called the "Marginal".

Still after 25 years of Civil War, the place has few scarces. One can see few buildings in the background but the more striking to me was the foreground with its shanty towns everywhere.

Luanda was quite remote from the very fights of this Civil war apart from few days in 1992. But everywhere one can see the result of a depressed economy totally dedicated to the War. No means, no infrastructures, a city built for 400,000 by the portuguese but there are about 4 million inhabitants today, mostly refugees.

Maybe the sky was reproaching all this waste that night ? This low sky was typical of the Caçimbo, the Summer season. I mean the colder season in the south-part of our earth from June up to October.

Technically, I played with the sky quite a lot to add this nightmare mood to this town I loved. I'm so sad of this poverty everywhere, but was so happy to meet so many friends, so many people from Luanda.

SO taken with my first Sony (1600 x 1200), no polarizer. I ajusted saturation of colors trough the "adjustment layer curves" tool in PS then applied a default noise removal in Neatimage.

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