A View At Natives of Bolgatanga By Ben Bond In “Portraits of The North”
Correct me if I’m wrong, but the farthest most Ghanaians have travelled within the motherland is within Greater Accra, Central, Eastern and Western Region. Let’s make this easier – I’ll take my right hand off these keys to own up as belonging to this category.
Back to the matter, the south has heard several stories of the north side over the years. We hear that indigenes in the Northern sector have longer natural lives, and that the weather is the extreme on both ends, we even hear that the natives are extremely friendly people although not particularly understanding.
I was hired to go to Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region of Ghana to photograph the staff of a Basket Weaving Company. After I finished up the task, I decided to explore and photograph the beautiful and friendly people of the various villages. We moved around to different villages with/on motorcycles.
All photos were taken a Canon EOS 6D with 50mm 1.4 and 135mm f2L, with a Flashpoint Rovelight 600b strobe light in a Selens 120cm hexadecagon.
WERE YOU CURIOUS TO FIND OUT WHY THEY LIVE LONGER?
No, I didn’t, but I get it. It’s quite natural with most old people living in the villages. Their diet is pure, fresh from the farms… no chemicals whatsoever, so yeah, they live longer.
The landscapes are just therapeutic. Maybe it’s because I’m a photographer, but all I saw was beauty, even with the people.
AND THE WEATHER, IS IT TRUE WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT THE EXTREME WEATHERS UP THERE?
Yeah, true. When I got there, they told me it was the rainy season so the sun didn’t shine much. But chale, even with that, it was darn hot!!
YOUR DESCRIPTION IN 1 WORD?
Clearly we are beautiful in diverse ways.
Photography: OAB PHOTOGRAPHY