SPICY ZANZIBAR PHOTO MEMORIES BY GEORGIE JERZYNA PAUWELS
Photo diary of my trip to Zanzibar in July 2014. Please browse, enjoy and share. Thank you! ÂŠ 2014 Georgie Jerzyna Pauwels
FOREWORD Actually I wanted just "hang out", read, and donÂ´t do to much on Zanzibar. But after landing and during the transport by taxi to the hotel I was impressed by streets, light, colors and people. So my camera was ready and it started immediately. Most tourists stay only 2 or 3 days on the island and recover after the tours in Tanzania and Kenya. The visitors have already experienced a lot, safaris, Kilimanjaro ect. and so is the willingness to explore the island relatively small. Not for me. I tried to fetch three themes with my camera, beach, streets and people. Some images might be stereotypically, but it is my perspective and my motivation.
BEACH I stayed two full weeks on the island, and I watched the hustle and bustle. There was much to see, the beach boys, who try to sell tours and souvenirs, the children playing wonderful andâ€¨ "old fashioned", the fishermen and their women in daily work and the tourists "lazing" on the beach. So I followed this life with my camera.
STREETS Stone Town is a beautiful city with a great atmosphere, lots of small streets, shady corners and the exotic life in the markets. It's worth to go to the outer suburbs, where you see no tourists. The streets are full of surprises, great people and an invitation to the house is not uncommon. A piece of luck was meeting with Zakia and Hans, a photographer couple living on Zanzibar. Quite by chance I discovered their small gallery and there I meet Zakia and Hans. Two days later we had a date for a photo walk and I really enjoyed the time together.
PEOPLE Gorgeous faces, happy children but also grim looks, everything can be found here. It is a muslim dominated island, where religion plays an important role, but with patience, kindness and respect you can also shoot strangers without getting in trouble. It is also helpful to speak a few words in local language, it opens some locked doors and hearts.
ABOUT ME My name is Georgie Jerzyna Pauwels, I was born in Poznan/Poland. For more than 30 years I live outside of Poland, most of the time in Germany and USA. I am a computer scientist, and I live and work in Wuppertal in Germany. My workplace is big data center for health insurances. I take pictures for a long time, as teenger I discovered photography for me. I love to travel and I travel a lot. I like the action on the streets, moods, hectic and loneliness and I am trying to show it in my pictures. Texts and images ÂŠ Georgie Jerzyna Pauwels. First Edition August 2014 All photos taken by:â€¨ Olympus E-M5 OM-D or Olympus E-M10 OM-D, slightly processing with Lightroom, no photomontage or similar strong editing, no models. Please visit me at: http://georgie.ej-pauwels.de
THANKS Thanks to my husband, Eric, for his patience, because I always forget my memory cards and he always helps me out.
Thanks to Zakia & Hans Agterdenbos from Stone Town on Zanzibar. http://www.thebeautifuleyes.com
....and many thanks to all my followers in Facebook, G+, Flickr and on all other platforms for your loyal support. 25