Between public and private

The difference between the desert and the city of Nouakchott is striking, but on a second thought there is something about the city that marks the visitor with strangeness and resemblance of the desert, like vague echoes from just outside the city where the vast space of sand and quietness hits you on the face. […]

On the road with Tata & Senegal Dem Dikk

You can consider yourself lucky if you get a seat in these small and often crowded Tata city buses. Packed they may be but they are a very cost effective way of transport and often fairly fast too. In some parts of the town they are my favorite choice, simply because I like people watching […]

Corniche – Live Your Dream

You may know that Dakar is a peninsula surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean in the north, west and south, which gives the city much needed winds from the sea. The winds bring advantages: they keep the air clean for breathing and they also keep the mosquitoes at bay outside of the rainy season, or at […]

Cities from scratch – Diamniadio

A twenty-minute ride east of Dakar close to the Blaise Diagne International Airport a new satellite city Diamniadio is about to be born. These images were shot from a moving car. I am wondering who is going to be moving here? Who lives here already? At least some of the ministers of the Senegalese government […]

Dubai Fever

When I see cityscapes with the silhouettes of skyscrapers, I often wonder: how do these massive buildings make you feel in a city? Urban? Contemporary? Modern? Proud? Chic? Rich? Poor? Small? Addis downtown area and some other parts of the city are growing fast into the skies creating striking contrasts with older buildings that are […]

Addis is not decaf

The one thing hard to live without is the gift that Ethiopia gave to the world: good coffee. In Addis and throughout the country you can sip freshly roasted and brewed coffee just about anywhere, any time of the day. From temporary coffee tents to old Italian espresso machines to local coffee chains and trademarks […]

Next stop Nouakchott

I will soon be returning to Nouakchott on my way to the desert and really look forward to capturing some of the street life and city atmosphere there with my camera. My impression of Nouakchott is a curious sense of intermediary space, although this is not based on knowing much about what it is like […]