Delighted girls and clear-eyed boys

An Afternoon In A Gambian Village.

….two positions are equally necessary in the world, the one to complement the other.
~ Jose Ortega y Gasset.

I had finished my contract in The Sudan and was on my way home. I decided to stop and visit Trish and John for a few days. We had all worked together in Somalia some years earlier. On this day, Trish needed to make a field visit to a village that was about four hours away by boat and truck so I went along.
The people of the village welcomed us and seemed to greatly enjoy having their photos taken; photos they would never see. I had two cameras with me. One had black and white film. The other had film for 35mm color slides. Together they form a yin-yang – as do the photos I’ve chosen for today: girls and boys, children and an elder, work and play, and teachers and students.

Many small children and a few elders

Trish working and children playing

Teachers travel to their students; a ‘classroom’ on the savanna

Photos by Barbara
A village in The Gambia, 1985