Sunday, 20 January 2013

Photo diary: Accra.

For the first time in 7 years, I returned to Ghana's capital, Accra, to spend time with relatives over the festive period. Admittedly, I was initially thrown by the 36 degree heat, the mosquitoes and the weird nausea that comes straight after taking anti-malarial tablets, but my brief stay provided me with many hearty laughs and a new perspective on the rapidly developing nation. It was great not to feel the physical distance that separates me from the rest of my relatives 99% of the time, and it was inspiring to see the changes that are taking place everyday.

I found myself so busy at points that I often forgot to document everything I experienced properly... but the way I see it, it only meant that I was completely immersed in everything. Sometimes I feel a camera can be a barrier between actively participating and being an observer.

Quick portrait of my auntie Frances. 
My cousin, Sena, in Osu. Osu is home to lots of restaurants, shops & tourists.
I saw a lot of 'Remove Now' signs painted onto buildings.
Engagement party before the big wedding the day after. Lots of acclimatising.
I went to a wedding, and it was beautiful!
Grounds of the beautiful Movenpick Hotel
Hair salon in Awudome
Final walk around North Kaneshie. I love the colours here.
A parting view of Accra from the air. Looks beautiful, doesn't it?


  1. Such gorgeous pictures. I agree that sometimes, especially now blogging and social networking are so prolific, people never really immerse themselves in their lives, they're waiting for their dinner to take a photo for instagram, or hoping to partake in something fun to post it to Twitter... it's a beautiful thing to document life, as long as you don't forget to stop and smell the coffee and not just post pictures of it on tumblr!


    1. That's my point exactly! I think photo-taking is all well and good, as long as we take the time to appreciate everything going on around us too. xx

  2. great pictures with all that alive colours!

    1. Thank you Marina! I do miss the colour of Ghana, it's definitely a little more grey back in the UK.