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This photo was shot in the stilt village named Beyin in Western coastal Ghana.

Depending what season it is, rainy or dry, you may have to trek through brush to access the boats which will take you roughly one hour to get to the village, or if you are lucky, they will use a mini canal which they have constructed for irrigation and transport.

It is quite unlike such stilt villages found in Asia, as it is simply smaller and a lot more quiet. The idea of visiting a stilt village is interesting, but now that I have been there, its not something i would recommend you put at the top of your list. Like many places in Ghana, and understandably so considering their poverty, the majority of the people are looking for a hand out of some sort. I know this really isnt much of a big deal for most but you must understand, people are becoming more and more demanding and upfront about what they want, and with a camera in hand, you can easily understand. We were going to walk through the village however should you do that, you will more often than not be brought to the chief and asked to donate money, not to mention everyone else who has already asked you for money. Also note that I was there for 5 years, and with such an extended stay, one can become more jaded and bitter, its a great country, but as you may take note with the most recent Africa Cup has a lot to work on.

Having a drink at the "hotel" in the village, across the way there were two children playing and bathing. Whats remarkable is that the parents barely keep and eye on their kids who are playing in or dangerously close to the water. Try thinking of the last time you saw a kid unaccompanied around a pool or large body of water and that being considered "safe".

These kids were having a great time playing around and being across the way, barely payed any attention to me - making the shooting quite easy and very natural.

Let me know what you think. I have also put this shot in black and white. It seems to work equally if not better, but my friend sitting next to me suggested colour - so why not eh.

-Adam

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