I had no idea what to expect when I rocked up in Freetown, Sierra Leone the first time. The only two images I had in my head before visiting myself were two scenes from the movie “Blood Diamond”. The first of a beach bar and the second of that same beach bar covered in bodies. Fortunately, the beauty of travel is that you get to create your own images of a certain place, as long as you have the courage to visit it. And at the end of the day, more often than not you’ll create a completely different image than the one built for you based on stories. This photo taken over the west side of downtown Freetown shows the city in a completely different light than most are used to seeing it. For that reason, I love the photo.

Freetown, Sierra Leone, YMCA

How I Got this Shot

Sometimes in photography there’s nothing you can do, you just have to be at the right place at the right time. I arrived in Freetown after a hard day of travel, and since I arrived quite late I was forced to overspend my budget on the only hotel available. Luckily, the hotel had a great view. The technical side is almost irrelevant, sometimes you just have to get a room with a view.


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