Zanzibar is a wonderful island with long white beaches, a spectacular inland and rich culture. It is the people that make a visit here an unforgettable experience. Here are some shots from the 2011 trip, again processed in Lightroom with the VSCO Polaroid instant film presets, to convey the mood.
Sweet and Shy
This little girl was playing alone outside the Pongwe elementary school. She was shy, but intrigued form my camera and offered me some great smiles.
The Future of Africa
A young girl with a broad smile. I met her in a spice farm in Zanzibar where her and her family were working. She offered me the her best smile.
Brother and Sister
A young boy holding her sister in a spice farm in Zanzibar
A young man building a house in Pongwe. The house is more of a hut, made of concrete blocks and a tin roof, with an external toilet. Glass windows and door frames are a luxury that people in Pongwe cannot afford.
A man fixing a wooden box, in the nearly unbereable heat of Stonetown.
Working in the Spice Farm
A young worker in the spice farm, a hard labor under the sizzling Zanzibar sun.
Girl in the Spice Farm
This young lady was doing her family's laundry in the spice farm we visited.
Shopping at the Festival
A local brauty doing some shopiing under 40C during the annual music festival in Stone Town.
Carrots for Sale
A guy selling carrots in the vegetable market in Stonetown.
A young guy in Stonetown, at high nooon, sitting next to his mom who was taking a break from the day's shopping tour.
At the Fish Market
A 6ft tall woman doing some shopping in the busy Stonetown fish market.
A local carrying some stuff with his bike across the long sandy beach in Matemwe.
Many of the women in Matemwe spend the whole day collecting seaweeds that they can sell to the pharmaceutical industry to make a living.
A young girl playing at the beach in Matemwe. Most of the kids just jump in the water in their clothes. The hot Zanzibar sun guranties a quick dry off.
Playing at the Beach
A young kid playing at the beach in Matemwe.
A young mother carrying her daughter after visitng some friends who were collecting seaweeds in the shallow waters.