Antola traveled mostly by car to capture the beauty and vibrancy of everyday life in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Senegal, and Ethiopia from 2011 to 2014. The vignettes, portraits, and landscapes that emerge offer a compelling snapshot of contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa: there are two men dressed head-to-toe in elaborate African wax textiles who share a motorcycle; a gold jewelry-clad Kumasi king performs a warrior dance; and a girl in an oversized straw hat steers a boat affixed with a patchwork sail. Each image reflects the astonishing variety of ways people create and define themselves daily, through dress and ritual, work and play.
128 pages, 69 color
9 1⁄4 x 11 1⁄4 inches
Photographs and text by Jessica Antola
Designed by Javas Lehn
Published by Damiani