Everyday Africa

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    Everyday Africa

    The Real Action Ladies practice in Orange Farm Township, Johannesburg, South Africa. It is interesting to note the pattern of photos that elicit strong reactions. Portraits and scenic images almost always get the most likes, followed by the decisive moment. Children with sparkling eyes attract attention, as do – like anywhere on the Internet – photos of girls.
    Photo by Charlie Shoemaker, www.charlieshoemaker.com.

    Everyday Africa

    Catch a falling star, Basata, Sinai, Egypt. At the time of writing, our most-liked picture is this simple, beautiful, colorful, mesmerizing scene from a beach in Egypt.
    Photo by Laura El-Tantawy, www.lauraeltantawy.com.

    Everyday Africa

    Fishing boats in the harbor in San Pedro, Ivory Coast. Our first picture to reach 100 likes – back when we had only a couple hundred followers – was this view of a harbor in Ivory Coast.
    Photo by Peter DiCampo, www.peterdicampo.com.

    Everyday Africa

    Lala, 8 months old, refugee from Mali with her mother in Mentao Refugee Camp, Burkina Faso. Our first picture to reach 200 likes, as the momentum built, was this picture of a Malian child refugee in Burkina Faso. Refugees, by the way, are not off-limits for Everyday Africa. Nothing is – our goal is not to pretend crises don’t exist, but to show that they exist in context.
    Photo by Holly Pickett, www.hollypickett.com.

    Everyday Africa

    Fatima, 14, in northern Nigeria. Our first photo to hit 500 likes is this photo of a blue-eyed girl in Nigeria. The comments, of course, centered on her remarkable eyes – and also quite a few commented on her headscarf.
    Photo by Jane Hahn, www.janehahn.com.

    Everyday Africa

    Mariama, 10, and her pet monkey in Bolama, Guinea-Bissau. Another series emerged within our series of mundane daily life: Holly Pickett’s portraits in several West African countries. Direct, beautiful, human, eye-contact portraits, they followed our pattern of ranging from the supposedly abnormal (a young girl holding a pet monkey, for example) to the familiar (a man holding his infant daughter). They are some of our most-liked pictures, and often I saw that a follower would go through our photos liking only those.
    Photo by Holly Pickett, www.hollypickett.com.

    Everyday Africa

    “She’s my girl,” he said proudly. Dembara, Senegal.
    Photo by Holly Pickett, www.hollypickett.com.

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