Sierra Leone, Part 2 – Streets & People

April 09, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Two months in and I feel honoured to be able to visit a country like Sierra Leone. Since I last wrote about the country I have been on the streets more often and met many more people, been given the thumbs up with a cheer and been shouted at for taking photographs as I pass by. Whether it’s a cheer or a disgruntled yell there is always an underlying joviality, which every citizen that I have met to date naturally possesses. You only have to look around the streets to see this shining through.

Out in the community you are met with inquisitive eyes, happy smiling faces and cheerful heckles. As a soldier it feels strange to be met with such kindness and respect as opposed to the usual hostility I have experienced over the past decade. As a photographer - it bloody brilliant!

Bustling market stalls; loud music, car horns and crazy taxi bikes are just some of the things you will experience while out and about. I have seen street sellers carrying stacks of denim jeans on their heads and have been swarmed by children, attracted to the camera like bees to honey.

Sierra Leone is a colourful, beautiful, positive country. Here are its streets and People.

 

BIKES USED AS TAXIS WAIT FOR A FARE IN FRONT OF MARKET STALLSSierra LeoneBIKES USED AS TAXIS WAIT FOR A FARE IN FRONT OF MARKET STALLS Street scenes of daily life around Freetown in Sierra Leone. One million people live in the African country's capital city.<br/><br/>The country has been the centre of attention for overseas aid since mid 2014 when an outbreak of Ebola started to spread across the country.

BIKES USED AS TAXIS WAIT FOR A FARE IN FRONT OF MARKET STALLS

 

BIKES USED AS TAXIS WAIT FOR A FARE IN FRONT OF MARKET STALLSSierra LeoneA group of bikers sit and chat near Regent Road in Freetown.<br/><br/>Street scenes of daily life around Freetown in Sierra Leone. One million people live in the African country's capital city.<br/><br/>The country has been the centre of attention for overseas aid since mid 2014 when an outbreak of Ebola started to spread across the country.

BIKES USED AS TAXIS WAIT FOR A FARE IN FRONT OF MARKET STALLS

 

A MAN POINTS AT ME AND LAUGHS AS I TAKE HIS PHOTOSierra LeoneA MAN POINTS AT ME AND LAUGHS AS I TAKE HIS PHOTO Street scenes of daily life around Freetown in Sierra Leone. One million people live in the African country's capital city.<br/><br/>The country has been the centre of attention for overseas aid since mid 2014 when an outbreak of Ebola started to spread across the country.

A MAN POINTS AT ME AND LAUGHS AS I TAKE HIS PHOTO

 

TWO MEN REPAIR A MOTORCYCLESierra LeoneTWO MEN REPAIR A MOTORCYCLE Street scenes of daily life around Freetown in Sierra Leone. One million people live in the African country's capital city.<br/><br/>The country has been the centre of attention for overseas aid since mid 2014 when an outbreak of Ebola started to spread across the country.

TWO MEN REPAIR A MOTORCYCLE

 

A POLICEMAN DIRECTS TRAFFIC ON A BUSY STREET NEAR FREETOWNSierra LeoneA POLICEMAN DIRECTS TRAFFIC ON A BUSY STREET NEAR FREETOWN Street scenes of daily life around Freetown in Sierra Leone. One million people live in the African country's capital city.<br/><br/>The country has been the centre of attention for overseas aid since mid 2014 when an outbreak of Ebola started to spread across the country.

A POLICEMAN DIRECTS TRAFFIC ON A BUSY STREET NEAR FREETOWN

 

A MAN POINTING AT A POLICEMAN IN A BUSY MARKET PLACE. MOMENTS LATER THEY WERR ALL LAUGHING.Sierra LeoneA MAN POINTING AT A POLICEMAN IN A BUSY MARKET PLACE. MOMENTS LATER THEY WERR ALL LAUGHING. Scenes of daily life from around Sierra Leone.<br/><br/>The country has been the centre of attention for overseas aid since mid 2014 when an outbreak of Ebola started to spread across the country.

A MAN POINTING AT A POLICEMAN IN A BUSY MARKET PLACE. MOMENTS LATER THEY WERR ALL LAUGHING.

 

A POLICEMAN STOOD ON PATROL AT A BUSY MARKET PLACESierra LeoneA POLICEMAN STOOD ON PATROL AT A BUSY MARKET PLACE Scenes of daily life from around Sierra Leone.<br/><br/>The country has been the centre of attention for overseas aid since mid 2014 when an outbreak of Ebola started to spread across the country.

A POLICEMAN STOOD ON PATROL AT A BUSY MARKET PLACE

 

CHILDREN SWARM AND POSE FOR THE CAMERA WITHIN SECONDS OF SEEING MESierra LeoneCHILDREN SWARM AND POSE FOR THE CAMERA WITHIN SECONDS OF SEEING ME Scenes of daily life from around Sierra Leone.<br/><br/>The country has been the centre of attention for overseas aid since mid 2014 when an outbreak of Ebola started to spread across the country.

CHILDREN SWARM AND POSE FOR THE CAMERA WITHIN SECONDS OF SEEING ME

 

CHILDREN POUNCE TOWARDS THE CAMERA ON THE STREETS OF FREETOWNSierra LeoneCHILDREN POUNCE TOWARDS THE CAMERA ON THE STREETS OF FREETOWN Street scenes of daily life around Freetown in Sierra Leone. One million people live in the African country's capital city.<br/><br/>The country has been the centre of attention for overseas aid since mid 2014 when an outbreak of Ebola started to spread across the country.

CHILDREN POUNCE TOWARDS THE CAMERA ON THE STREETS OF FREETOWN

 

CHILDREN POSE FOR THE CAMERASierra LeoneCHILDREN POSE FOR THE CAMERA Scenes of daily life from around Sierra Leone.<br/><br/>The country has been the centre of attention for overseas aid since mid 2014 when an outbreak of Ebola started to spread across the country.

CHILDREN POSE FOR THE CAMERA

 

CHILDREN PLAY FOOTBALL AT THE SIDE OF A DIRT TRACK ROAD. THEY SPOT ME AND WAVE AT THE CAMERA.Sierra LeoneCHILDREN PLAY FOOTBALL AT THE SIDE OF A DIRT TRACK ROAD. THEY SPOT ME AND WAVE AT THE CAMERA. Scenes of daily life from around Sierra Leone.<br/><br/>The country has been the centre of attention for overseas aid since mid 2014 when an outbreak of Ebola started to spread across the country.

CHILDREN PLAY FOOTBALL AT THE SIDE OF A DIRT TRACK ROAD. THEY SPOT ME AND WAVE AT THE CAMERA.

 

A CHILD CARRIES A SMALL WHEEL AND TIRE ACROSS A BUSY ROAD WHICH IS IN THE PROCESS OF BEING LAIDSierra LeoneA CHILD CARRIES A SMALL WHEEL AND TIRE ACROSS A BUSY ROAD WHICH IS IN THE PROCESS OF BEING LAID Scenes of daily life from around Sierra Leone.<br/><br/>The country has been the centre of attention for overseas aid since mid 2014 when an outbreak of Ebola started to spread across the country.

A CHILD CARRIES A SMALL WHEEL AND TIRE ACROSS A BUSY ROAD WHICH IS IN THE PROCESS OF BEING LAID

 

A GIRL IN A SCHOOL UNIFORM CROSSES A BUSY ROAD WHICH LEADS INTO FREETOWNSierra LeoneA GIRL IN A SCHOOL UNIFORM CROSSES A BUSY ROAD WHICH LEADS INTO FREETOWN Scenes of daily life from around Sierra Leone.<br/><br/>The country has been the centre of attention for overseas aid since mid 2014 when an outbreak of Ebola started to spread across the country.

A GIRL IN A SCHOOL UNIFORM CROSSES A BUSY ROAD WHICH LEADS INTO FREETOWN

 

A MAN AND WOMAN PASS A BUSY MARKET ON THE SIDE OF THE ROADSierra LeoneA MAN AND WOMAN PASS A BUSY MARKET ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD Locals go about their daily lives on the street of Freetown.<br/><br/>Street scenes of daily life around Freetown in Sierra Leone. One million people live in the African country's capital city.<br/><br/>The country has been the centre of attention for overseas aid since mid 2014 when an outbreak of Ebola started to spread across the country.

A MAN AND WOMAN PASS A BUSY MARKET ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD

 

TWO WOMEN AND A YOUNG GIRL WAIT TO CROSS A BUSY ROAD. IN THE BACKGROUND A BUSY MARKET PLACE.Sierra LeoneTWO WOMEN AND A YOUNG GIRL WAIT TO CROSS A BUSY ROAD. IN THE BACKGROUND A BUSY MARKET PLACE. Scenes of daily life from around Sierra Leone.<br/><br/>The country has been the centre of attention for overseas aid since mid 2014 when an outbreak of Ebola started to spread across the country.

TWO WOMEN AND A YOUNG GIRL WAIT TO CROSS A BUSY ROAD. IN THE BACKGROUND A BUSY MARKET PLACE.

 

A MAN AND TWO WOMEN WAIT TO CROSS A BUSY ROAD. IN THE BACKGROUND A BUSY MARKET PLACE.Sierra LeoneA MAN AND TWO WOMEN WAIT TO CROSS A BUSY ROAD. IN THE BACKGROUND A BUSY MARKET PLACE. Scenes of daily life from around Sierra Leone.<br/><br/>The country has been the centre of attention for overseas aid since mid 2014 when an outbreak of Ebola started to spread across the country.

A MAN AND TWO WOMEN WAIT TO CROSS A BUSY ROAD. IN THE BACKGROUND A BUSY MARKET PLACE.

 

A WOMAN LOOKS STRAIGHT AT MY CAMERA AS WE DRIVE PAST LOCAL TAXI BIKESSierra LeoneA WOMAN LOOKS STRAIGHT AT MY CAMERA AS WE DRIVE PAST LOCAL TAXI BIKES Scenes of daily life from around Sierra Leone.<br/><br/>The country has been the centre of attention for overseas aid since mid 2014 when an outbreak of Ebola started to spread across the country.

A WOMAN LOOKS STRAIGHT AT MY CAMERA AS WE DRIVE PAST LOCAL TAXI BIKES

 

SHOPS AT STALLS LINING THE STREETSSierra LeoneSHOPS AT STALLS LINING THE STREETS Scenes of daily life from around Sierra Leone.<br/><br/>The country has been the centre of attention for overseas aid since mid 2014 when an outbreak of Ebola started to spread across the country.

SHOPS AND STALLS LINING THE STREETS

 

A WOMAN WALKING DOWN A STREET IN A GENERIC STREET SCENESierra LeoneA WOMAN WALKING DOWN A STREET IN A GENERIC STREET SCENE Scenes of daily life from around Sierra Leone.<br/><br/>The country has been the centre of attention for overseas aid since mid 2014 when an outbreak of Ebola started to spread across the country.

A WOMAN WALKING DOWN A STREET IN A GENERIC STREET SCENE

 

BRIGHT COLOURS OF BUSY MARKET STALLS BUSTLING WITH PEOPLESierra LeoneBRIGHT COLOURS OF BUSY MARKET STALLS BUSTLING WITH PEOPLE Scenes of daily life from around Sierra Leone.<br/><br/>The country has been the centre of attention for overseas aid since mid 2014 when an outbreak of Ebola started to spread across the country.

BRIGHT COLOURS OF BUSY MARKET STALLS BUSTLING WITH PEOPLE

 

A STREET SELLER CARRYING A PARCEL OF DENIM JEANS ON HIS HEAD. THE SELLERS WALK THE STREETS SELLING THEIR GOODS.Sierra LeoneA STREET SELLER CARRYING A PARCEL OF DENIM JEANS ON HIS HEAD. THE SELLERS WALK THE STREETS SELLING THEIR GOODS. Scenes of daily life from around Sierra Leone.<br/><br/>The country has been the centre of attention for overseas aid since mid 2014 when an outbreak of Ebola started to spread across the country.

A STREET SELLER CARRYING A PARCEL OF DENIM JEANS ON HIS HEAD

 

A STREET SELLER SHOWS THE GOODS HE HAS FOW SALE TO A MAN IN A YELLOW T-SHIRTSierra LeoneA STREET SELLER SHOWS THE GOODS HE HAS FOW SALE TO A MAN IN A YELLOW T-SHIRT Scenes of daily life from around Sierra Leone.<br/><br/>The country has been the centre of attention for overseas aid since mid 2014 when an outbreak of Ebola started to spread across the country.

A STREET SELLER SHOWS THE GOODS HE HAS FOR SALE TO A MAN IN A YELLOW T-SHIRT

 

CONSTRUCTION WORKERS STOOD ON MAKESHIFT SCAFFOLDINGSierra LeoneCONSTRUCTION WORKERS STOOD ON MAKESHIFT SCAFFOLDING Scenes of daily life from around Sierra Leone.<br/><br/>The country has been the centre of attention for overseas aid since mid 2014 when an outbreak of Ebola started to spread across the country.

CONSTRUCTION WORKERS STOOD ON MAKESHIFT SCAFFOLDING

 

A MAN WEARS A HAT FASHIONED FROM A CEMENT BAGSierra LeoneA MAN WEARS A HAT FASHIONED FROM A CEMENT BAG Street scenes of daily life around Freetown in Sierra Leone. One million people live in the African country's capital city.<br/><br/>The country has been the centre of attention for overseas aid since mid 2014 when an outbreak of Ebola started to spread across the country.

A MAN WEARS A HAT FASHIONED FROM A CEMENT BAG

 

Sierra LeoneSierra LeoneScenes of daily life from around Sierra Leone.

The country has been the centre of attention for overseas aid since mid 2014 when an outbreak of Ebola started to spread across the country.

STAFF FROM ONE OF SIERRA LEONES EBOLA RESPONSE CENTRES POSE FOR A PHOTO

 

FOUR MEN SIT AT THE SIDE OF ONE OF FREETOWN'S MAIN ROADS. ONE LOOKS BACK AT THE CAMERA.Sierra LeoneFOUR MEN SIT AT THE SIDE OF ONE OF FREETOWN'S MAIN ROADS. ONE LOOKS BACK AT THE CAMERA. Scenes of daily life from around Sierra Leone.<br/><br/>The country has been the centre of attention for overseas aid since mid 2014 when an outbreak of Ebola started to spread across the country.

FOUR MEN SIT AT THE SIDE OF ONE OF FREETOWN'S MAIN ROADS. ONE LOOKS BACK AT THE CAMERA.

 

TWO MEN GLARE BACK AT ME AS I TAKE THEIR PHOTO. SECONDS LATER THEY WERE SMILING AND LAUGHING.Sierra LeoneTWO MEN GLARE BACK AT ME AS I TAKE THEIR PHOTO. SECONDS LATER THEY WERE SMILING AND LAUGHING. Scenes of daily life from around Sierra Leone.<br/><br/>The country has been the centre of attention for overseas aid since mid 2014 when an outbreak of Ebola started to spread across the country.

TWO MEN GLARE BACK AT ME AS I TAKE THEIR PHOTO. SECONDS LATER THEY WERE SMILING AND LAUGHING.

 


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