It was during the 1920’s that west Africa fully adopted the Dutch wax print as a cultural staple, one that has since it’s entry to the Gold Coast (Ghana) suggested status and a symbol of identification. The Dutch, being partly responsible for nurturing the region’s appetite for the vibrantly coloured wax print, slowly adopted cultural symbols into their prints to purposely entice the West African, and it worked,to the extent that proverbs and catchy names coined by the locals have gone to brand this celebrated fabric. Since childhood, “ntoma” which means cloth, has been synonymous with the wax print so much that I thought that was the only fabric that existed. “Ntoma”,
Before i had any knowledge in suit fabrics, I found the thought incorporating waist coats into my wardrobe quite absurd, considering the fact I live in the tropics where it’s humid all year long. I have encountered a lot of gentlemen who share this ignorant view and i believe it’s mainly due to their little or no knowledge in the types of fabric that exist. Most men on a good day will not go past the color and fit of a suit, which usually leads to bad-buys, and the inability to distinguish the appropriating suiting for different seasons. For example , I find it amusing how a lot of gentlemen gawk at any suit with a slashed price
James town, the birth place of seven world boxing champions, has bestowed on itself the duty to keep boxing alive in a country dominated by soccer. Situated in Ghana and the east of Accra, the town has become home to boxing, almost every renowned boxing export Ghana has had, came through this town. The town is dominated foremost by fishing and then boxing, unfortunately fishermen do not get to fly the world and appear on television, so the the youth have taken to boxing as a ticket out. During the just held arts festival, ring ropes formed by an excited crowd, gave way to a street bout for the town’s beloved “little boxers”. Standing at an average height of 3″ feet, these
photo: allen a coleman
l Poetry,dance,music,paintings beautifully littered everywhere and an ant like crowd definitely woke the city up to ART. I apologize for having too much fun and not concentrating on catching everything for you guys but I hope this chips away every brick of disappointment.
Just as scheduled, Ghana’s two day art festival dubbed the ”CHALE WOTE” arts festival, took place as anticipated in the vibrant streets of Accra with a healthy dose of arts,music and a beautiful crowd .I honestly don’t know if there are any festivals that celebrates the arts and music in this manner.
It’s been a few weeks since I started the EYEs project and I humbled to say my work has never felt this meaningful. I love street photography and for years I have been trying to put my finger on something quite as moving as this. I love the interactions with my subjects, it stays with me all through to the end.
Eyes are the organs of vision. As basic as that sounds i find the eyes to be open of the intriguing and complex part of the human body. In portrait photography it’s encouraged to focus on the eyes, simply because it usually forms the focal point if the image, an eye in an eye.
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