life through the lens
The Burkina Faso-Mali bus dropped me off in Mopti, in April 2003.
The West African CFA
The mud-built Misire mosque in Mopti
Tablets of salt arrive in Mopti from Taoudenni and Timbuktu via the Niger river
Loading and unloading pirogues at Mopti's port on the Bani river
Pirogues and pinasses on the Bani river at Mopti
Pottery for sale in Mopti
The fish market at Mopti port
Sarasenni's mud-built mosque, a short pirogue ride from Mopti
Children of Sarasenni, a Fulani village on the banks of the Niger, with my boatsman
The villagers of Nyomi, a Bozo village close to Sarasenni
En route from Mopti to Timbuktu.
'Welcome to Timbuktu, city of 333 saints'
The 16th century Sankore mosque in Timbuktu
Posing for a photo in Timbuktu
Baking bread in Timbuktu
The 14th century Dyingerey Ber mosque in Timbuktu
In the courtyard of the Dyingerey Ber mosque, Timbuktu
The Flame of Peace, a monument to the Tuareg rebellion in the 1990's, Timbuktu
This is the well of Bouctou. Bouctou was an elder who oversaw the settlement. Tim (or tom) means 'well' hence the name Tombouctou, or Timbuktu
Camel ride into the Sahara, Timbuktu
A Tuareg settlement in the Sahara, Timbuktu. The Tuareg are a nomadic Saharan people
Bandiagara is a base for venturing out to Dogon country.
The mud-brick granaries at Djiguibombo, Dogon country
At the back is a meeting place for elders, called a togu-na, in Djiguibombo
The Bandiagara escarpment
Kani-Kombole is a village at the bottom of the Bandiagara escarpment
For more about Dogon country click here
The village market at Kani-Kombole
The mud-brick mosque at Kani-Kombole
Sleeping on the roof at Teli - a lot cooler than spending the night inside.
The Dogon village of Teli - a mosque is in the background
Dogon women chewing on kola nuts, Teli
The Grand Mosque in Djenne, the largest mud-brick building in the world and an amazing sight
The wooden juts form the structure of the mosque, and act as supports when the building is repaired after the rainy season, Djenne
The Grand Mosque, Djenne
A great view from the roof of my Djenne hotel..
Though the room was, erm.., basic.
Many of the houses in Djenne are also mud-brick
The quiet streets of Djenne
Snake skins and monkey heads are on sale at Bamako's fetish market
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