West Africa: the Black & White

I found myself subconsciously converting many of the portrait images throughout my recent trip in West Africa from colour to black and white in my mind while shooting. Regions visited were so blindingly colourful as well, and yet, here I was removing the rich hues in favour of a monochromic image.

Enceinte du Collège Jean Félix Tchicaya, The Congo

Is this how we see the Africa and its people? Is this a reflex from seeing so many documentary style images or war coverage? Is this a reaction to assumed poverty, even when their isn't any?

The Plantation of Monte Cafe - Sao Tome Island

There is a richness in the imagery that I cannot deny. The eyes of these children pierce your soul. They speak. They ask questions. I was left humbled.