The People Of Leicester Peak

After seeing the nice feedback from some of you on the previous Mountains of Sierra Leone photo, I decided to show you more.

From my trip to Leicester Peak in Freetown, I came back with loads of photos which I won’t show you. What I will do is show you and tell you about the few that I thought were interesting shots.

Mama, the 8-year-old Sister


This little girl was walking up the road to the peak while carrying her one-year-old sister on her back. Usually, it’s normal to see mothers carrying their babies on their backs with the help of a cloth tied around them both. All women here go out and work. If they do not have family to keep the babies with, they tend to travel with the baby, selling granat (peanuts), mangro and plum (seasonal fruits) or vegetables. And here you have this kid, carrying her sister. Ironically, her name is Mama.

The Muddy Travelers

They reach the peak on a muddy motorbike. They speak in German, as one of them throws his backpack down, under a tree. They sit on a hand-made bench overlooking the panoramic view of Freetown and Lungi. One is wearing black-framed glasses, and the other wearing muddy boots. They leave on their motorbike, and I can’t help but notice the motorbike’s license plate tied on the backpack.

The Crowded Town

From up at the peak, and using my 75-300 mm lens, I was able to zoom in to take this photo. What you see are crowded houses, zinc rooftops, different bright-colored buildings, and no streets showing. I found that the chaotic architecture of the city makes a well-textured photo.


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