A young girl looks towards a field were her father and uncles continue to work as the sun sets on this rural farming village in Madagascar's central highlands.
With Jay-Z's trap music still hovering in his ears, Philipe imitates his hero-rapper. Most children in rural villages are content playing with simple games and wooden toys in fields under their parents' watch, or listening to a cassette player in the local dance hall.
This shy girl, decked out in a cotton shirt for Sunday mass, gave a quick smile for the camera against a bamboo fence, one that I thought made a pleasant backdrop for a child's portrait. Houses are usually made of wood or corrugated metal. Affluent families might afford a concrete or stone structure and bamboo is usually used for fencing.
Misah and Afuteh
One of Misah's cousins breaks away from his game of football to join her for a family snap.
Time for Home
Afuteh takes his cousin by the hand to lead her home from Anja's playground. Much of a child's life is spent on the streets, playing games with friends, sharing a meal out of a large pot with neighbours and meeting family members on Sunday morning.
A group of children huddle together for a photo, the more boisterous and fearless at the front and the more cautious hanging behind - as is the natural arrangement for most children.
Enjoying the late morning sun and playing alone with a modest collection of glass marbles, Jo spends most of his day at the foot of the garage where his older brother works.
Work and Rest
Roughened hands soak up some sun after a busy morning shift in one of Madagascar's largest agricultural markets. Produce is often sold at the crossroads that link highland villages in this wide farming region.
Melon for Sale
A fruit vendor sells honey melons at one of the market stalls. It is perfectly acceptable for the sweet sticky juice to run down one's arms on such a bright sunny day.
A thick wooly cap keeps this herder warm in the foothills of Madagascar's great central mountains. The air here is thin, the mornings fresh and the evenings bitterly cold.
Meeting for Meat
Family members and old friends say good morning to one another at a street vendor selling smoked meats.
A group of boys clad in flat-brimmed caps meet in a shady spot. They prefer not to be disturbed.
Marie and Fentosa
Wide brimmed hats are an essential commodity under the blazing mid-morning sun. Many of the village's important buildings are lined with terracotta clay, and contrast nicely with villagers' colourful clothing.
A young rancher keeps watch over his cattle at a market in Anja. Zebu are Madagascar's main cattle breed. They have a very calm and docile nature.
A girl looks out onto the busy market street below from a balcony that has been bleached by the sun's fierce rays.
Whenever I knelt down to tie one of my shoelaces I would find three or four children jostling for a place to peek at my camera, beside themselves with curiosity.
The Brown Valley
A sign that the dry season is in full swing: swathes of rusty red and brown fields carpeting the landscape like a patchwork quilt.
A ring-tailed lemur licks the end of his nose with a bright pink tongue.
They're Up to Something
Is it the gossip of the day, or are these ring-tailed lemurs planning an elaborate robbery? We have so much to learn about these fascinating primates.
Lemur in the Sky with Diamonds
A wonderfully padded ring-tailed lemur's foot dangles from a branch.
A young chameleon turns a vibrant shade of orange as he makes his way along a fig vine.
Juan in the Field
My traveling companion scans the horizon for endemic bird life.
Ring Tailed Portrait
A lemur basks in the warm morning light.
Straight tarmac roads slice through mountainous terrain.
Farmer in a Checkered Shirt
A farmer keeps his hat tilted in front of his eyes as he looks out over a wide valley.
A heavy duty truck rolls over the hot tarmac roads.
Shadows on the Plain
Girls cast shadows over the scorched earth as they stroll towards a roadside vendor.
A young cattle herder rests in the shade of a banana plant as he watches over his zebu.
The main cattle breed for central Madagascar, the number of zebu reflects a family's wealth. They are hardy animals with a very docile temperament.
A young boy rests on his staff as his herd of goats and zebu graze by a placid lake next to the small village of Anja.
Two boys rest by the side of a busy garage. The atmosphere was one of essential work. Young hands are eager to start working manual jobs in order to scratch out a living from the streets.
Working the Fields
A rancher and his sons watch over their young calves in the long grass. Snakes and jackals are a constant threat.
Notebook: A Deserted Valley
The agricultural valleys of the central highlands offer wide open expanses of land.
A mud-clad house with a thatched roof is a typical homestay for Madagascar's highland farmers.
Walking through the Forest
The dry forest on the outskirts of Anja was full of chameleons and lemur species.
The sun catches the bright leaves of young hardwood trees in a dry highland forest.
Edge of a Lake
Tufts of weed break up the edge of a placid muddy lake.
A sow rolls around in a middy patch by the edge of a river in Anja.
An elderly man lights a rolled-up cigarette before making his way to market.
Father and Son
Villagers from Anja make an early start for the market that will be held between neighboring towns.
A haven for waterbirds but a common spot for crocodiles, bodies of water in Madagascar must be approached with caution.