Photographer's Note

I know this is a very bad photo. There is honestly only one reason why I post it: It adds another country to my TE collection. ;-)

Of course, considering the appalling technical level of this site nowadays it won't give me any more colour on my world map. But this is Togo, and it's such a narrow strip of land that it would hardly have been visible anyway.

Winding down my long journey through West Africa in the winter of 1981–1982 I spent a few days in Togo's capital Lomé. It was a reasonably modern, not marvellously interesting city by the sea. It had none of the charm of the cities in Mali or Burkina Faso.

I got off the major street running along the shore to get a free shooting-angle for this photo of two groups of young men pulling in their fishing nets.

I was staying in a very basic hotel facing the sea, so one day I thought I would take a dip in the ocean. But the waves looked rather frightening when I got close to them and I noticed there was a very strong undertow. I also discovered that the beach was used at night as a public lavatory, so I dropped the idea.

Togo was a military dictatorship and security was quite strong, so I only took three photos during my short stay. One was basically the same as this, the third one is in the WS (please read the note too). They were both scanned from Kodachrome slides.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10686 W: 534 N: 20759] (91036)
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