The Landscapes of Ile de Goree

Ile de Goree was a photographer’s dream location. The buildings are painting in bright pastel colours, and the wear and tear on them only added to the character. The beautifully painted waters laid calm nearly the entire day and night. And the people, laden with smiles and laughter were always around with such bright eyes. So after a day looking at the history of the slave trade in Senegal, I made sure to get out and take some photos as well.

The island, however, was with its challenges to photograph as well. The people of the island are well aware of the ability to sell themselves off as models to tourists for a quick buck. And, when the light turns in the evening, the town goes pitch black. If you’re going to be photographing these hours, you’ll be doing it in the dark and alone. But, for all its challenges, the photos below will prove that it is worth it.

The following photos were taken just as night was falling on my night on Ile de Goree. I hope you like them.

Ile de Goree, Senegal

Ile de Goree, Senegal

Ile de Goree, Senegal

Author: Brendan van Son

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  1. Never heard of this place before, Brendan. Really like the photos, not what I’d expect an island in Senegal to look like at all. The second shot and the penultimate one are my favourites here.

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  2. Very nice pics. I was in Goree in Feb. I got there just as it was getting dark, so the former slave house was closed. Still saw the “door of no return”. I quite liked Senegal, actually. I was only in Dakar, but we were stuck there in bad weather for 5 days. I’d definitely recommend it as a place to travel to.

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