People on Sal

I don’t always take my big SLR-camera with me. Especially not when I’m aiming to take photos of people. I’d rather capture a natural expression than a posed face.

These photos were taken on Sal (Cape Verde, Africa).

Just about all food on Sal has been imported. The soil on the island is just too dry for farming. But there is more than enough fish. I took these photos in Palmeira, a fishing village.

He was sitting in the cooling shadow so peacefully, I couldn’t resist taking a photo of him. I later on discovered he was blind, which probably means he knew I was photographing him, long before I asked for permission.

If there’s a main square in Espargos, the capital of Sal, this is probably it. The men come together here to play cards. Yes, it’s an all-men’s game; the women aren’t here.

Espargos is situated around an extinct volcano, called Monte Curral. From there, you’ll have an amazing view on the island. Also on top of the mountain there’s a radar station and the control tower of the airport, hence the security.

People on the move in Espargos


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