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Photo Samples, Central Africa

Gabon and The Republic Of Congo

 

Central Africa is a little-visited region, partly because of the lack of obvious attractions, and partly due to all the difficulties the various governments feel should attract more tourists. Well, expensive visas and high costs certainly don't, and instead you have virtually the whole region to yourself and feel a bit like the good old days before the invention of mass tourism. Of these, Gabon is my clear favourite, whereas we never really managed to get far away from the capital in The Republic of Congo. The rest? We do that later :-)

As usual, all photos are © Claus Qvist Jessen, and none of them are to be used without my permission.

The small but somewhat modern centre of Libreville, Gabon. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The presidential palace (I think!); Libreville, Gabon. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Very African statue of a bike rider at the waterfront in Libreville, Gabon. Proportions are not an issue. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Worn-out jetty of Libreville, Gabon. Right underneath, we spotted a couple of sea turtles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Happy kid and his mother; Libreville, Gabon. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Politely waiting for the bus in Libreville, Gabon. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Muslim shopkeeper - in the middle of the Ramadan; Libreville, Gabon. © Claus Qvist Jessen

"Hi cutie!"; Libreville, Gabon. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The favourite drink of Gabon; Libreville, Gabon. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Fish vendor; Libreville, Gabon. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Less-fortunate citizen of Libreville, Gabon. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Less-fortunate citizen of Libreville, Gabon. Despite the obvious poverty, he was a nice and friendly guy. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Wooden masks are a speciality of Central Africa, here from Libreville, Gabon. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The father of modern Gabon: Omar Bongo who ruled the country for more than 30 years. He is now succeeded by his son Ali Bongo; Franceville, eastern Gabon. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Franceville is very spread-out, covering a number of hills; eastern Gabon. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The sofa market; Franceville, eastern Gabon. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Lunch time; Franceville, eastern Gabon. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Waiting for the manucure and pedicure; Franceville, eastern Gabon. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Colourful shop; Franceville, eastern Gabon. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Curious girl in Franceville, eastern Gabon. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Very curious photographer discussing techniques with the foreigner (me!); Franceville, eastern Gabon. © Claus Qvist Jessen

After the rains; Moanda, eastern Gabon. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Baking cakes; Moanda, eastern Gabon. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Very colourful woman from Moanda, eastern Gabon. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Shy girl;  Moanda, eastern Gabon. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The sad bush meat. Lots of that in Central Africa, but the animals belong in the nature rather than at the local market. Moanda, eastern Gabon. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Another case of bush meat: The charming potto. I would have preferred to see it in the forest. Moanda, eastern Gabon. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Gabon is part of the second-largest rain forest on earth, and transport is highly complicated; Bakoumba, eastern Gabon. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The dense rain forest of eastern Gabon is easily seen from the road; Bakoumba, eastern Gabon. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Taxi time; Bakoumba, eastern Gabon. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Curious woman in a small town close to Bakoumba, eastern Gabon. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The old mining town of Bakoumba, eastern Gabon. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Grocery store of Bakoumba, eastern Gabon. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Charming girls; Bakoumba, eastern Gabon. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The forest of Lekedi Park, eastern Gabon. Note the mandrill in the center of the photo. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Young male mandrill; Lekedi Park, eastern Gabon. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Leader of the pack: The patriarch of the mandrill flock; Lekedi Park, eastern Gabon. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Curious young male mandrill. As all the others, it was photographed with only a 55 mm lens. Lekedi Park, eastern Gabon. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Another young male mandrill. Note the beginning colours on the nose.  Lekedi Park, eastern Gabon. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Street corner; Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Kind of landmark; Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Random street of Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Traffic jam; Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Local boats of Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. In the backgrond, the towering Kinshasa is seen. Nowhere else on earth two capitals are situated so close to each others. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Catching the dinner? Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Congo art; Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Road work; Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. Snapping this photo cost me half an hour of arguing with a local idiot who wanted to arrest me. This is quite common in French-speaking African countries where they choose to believe that photography is forbidden. Guinea and Senegal are the same. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Road workers in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Local market in the western part of Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Auto repair shop; western Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Peanut vendor; western Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Rocks for sale; western Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Playing checkers; western Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Dinner time; western Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Shopping for textiles; western Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Thumbs up; western Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Christian get-together; western Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Part of the "Rapides del Djoue" (or just "Les Rapides"); a few kms west of Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Swim boy with a water bottle; Rapide del Djoue a few kms west of Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Doing the dishes; Rapide del Djoue a few kms west of Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Close-up dishes; Rapide del Djoue a few kms west of Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. © Claus Qvist Jessen

A part of a local art-work, made by beer cans and capules; Rapide del Djoue, a few kms west of Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Doing the hair at an artists collective at Rapide del Djoue, just a few kms west of Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Close-up hairdo; west of Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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