The Long Road Home
These children belong to a group of semi-nomadic people, traveling across the scorched deserts of southern Madagascar in search of more fertile valleys.
This group of semi-nomadic people were crossing the arid drylands of southern Madagascar in search of more fertile grounds. I loved this baby's worried look into the camera as her mother protects her eyes from the blazing sun.
Boy and his Chicken
Taking photographs of people on the move is always a bit of a challenge. I found this chicken's eye, set against bright red fleshy skin and a blue backdrop of sky, to be a useful focal point.
Boy and his Chicken
Children give such different reactions to a lens aimed towards them. This boy appeared to be suspicious whilst his chicken seemed much less perturbed.
She seemed to be the eldest of this small group of children, her shoulders already laden with responsibility as she led them on their way to more fertile grounds in the arid south of the country.
I love how this photograph gives hints into Elyzah's life and thoughts. Her ragged collar and twisted wire earring are evidence for a modest background. A rolled up bank note, symbolizing her day of work, is placed against her chin in act of deep thought.
Elyzah and the Sun
The south of Madagascar is arid and hot. During the middle hours of the day, its rays reach a blistering intensity. I love how Elyzah's hand is testament to this, whilst at the same time casting a shadow over her face.
Nervous glances and tightly held chickens all round. The children were both curious and fearful of the camera and these strange visitors.
That silver ring was her most prized possession. She never once smiled for the camera and the burden of responsibility upon her - that of escorting her family safely across the desert - was a great one.
A family stops for a welcome drink and a few photographs. Heads peep over one another as everybody tries to steal a glance at the camera without venturing too close.
One of the youngest members of a traveling group, Mahir used a stick to keep two zebu cattle in line.
Day out in the Sun
Four girls apply a clay-based sunblock and pull their hair up in coils as they prepare for a day out in a sunny village close to Tuleara.
Fanofi and Tiana
Sisters in arms. Much of Madagascar's population still relies upon subsistence farming and these two girls laid down their shovels for a short break.
Keeping under the shade of her mother's stall, this young girl was playing with carved wooden animals, still a popular commodity amongst Malagasy children. Her name means 'Gift'.
Romena's mother welcomes customers at her fruit and vegetable stall as her young cousin gestures behind her. Businesses throughout the country are often family-run with help being provided to all members.
A young boy snatches a mischievous look at the camera between the wooden framework of a market stall.
The Morning Light
A climbing hand settles on a wooden frame as everybody prepares the stalls for market day.
Hada and Kiady
Two boys take a break from their work on a shady veranda.
The Village Computer
After a week of working the fields, there's nothing better than a weekend in town. Wear your best attire, grab a beer and listen to music being played on the computer. Then boogie the night away in a dance hall.
One of the quieter members of the group but enjoying the entertainment that the computer had to offer none the less.
Park and Ride
Motorbikes are a common and convenient mode of travel along dusty highways.