Foot & Crank/Niamey

Observe the man's foot. Sadness and intent permeate his gaze. In the background the irony of color on discarded oil drums.

 

Africa, despite abundant natural resources, remains in many ways the most humble of continents, and Niger humble amongst the humble. I was struck by this man ekeing out a living, applying his foot to a crank, the kind of work which for decades has been taken over by machines elsewhere. Yet little goes to waste in such an environment, as the multi-colored barrels, both beautiful and ominous, above and around him attest to. It is as if he is being crushed by a world totally beyond his control.

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Uploaded on October 11, 2007