Afraid of taking photographs

For the first time in my life I am afraid to take pictures.  At first, I told myself that it was because I needed to experience this culture without being concerned about artistic interpretation.  While that may be partially true, it really just turns out to be fear.  So what is it that I am worried about?  Being culturally irresponsible.  I don’t really know how these people view photography.  No one else has a camera out all the time.  The average person I meet is not used to some white person taking pictures of them and where they live or work or play.  In America, I fit in.  People are used to cameras and photojournalism.  I stick out in Africa and my giant camera does too. I have got to get up the courage and I need to get some more information.  But today, I feel comfortable taking pictures of where I live, inside of my walls, where no one can see me.  So this is what I will share with you – my new place of residence.  And boy, is it sure different than my last.





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8 responses to “Afraid of taking photographs

  1. bet curran

    That looks so cool! i really hope it’s going well and we miss you so much! what is the best way to get a hold of you and what time?? i want to talk to you!

  2. merm

    LOVE THIS!!!!!! Thanks for putting these up. Miss you, Jo.

  3. I am so excited to hear more about your new home. I love you much!

  4. I’m jealous you get to ride around in a Land Cruiser.

  5. nice digs kiddo. hope all it well, keep those pics coming, wouldn’t mind a couple pics of you, make sure you ain’t got a liver fluke or nothin.

  6. Loren Gifford

    This pictures are so good. It tells such a sense of place! I miss you very much.

  7. Lacey

    Oh my goodness! My heart aches! Love that you are posting your thoughts!

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