Friday, May 19, 2017

Privacy (Not)

Westerners are very much used to privacy, in various ways. From the earliest age, they have their own baby room. They have secluded bathrooms and toilets. They hide certain body parts, let alone speak of them. They have rooms with doors. They call things "mine". They consider it an affront for someone to snoop in their things. And so on. In Africa -- if one truly enters Africa -- there is a different sense of privacy. Here's one example. One is continually surrounded by children -- squeezed by children. Often I have turned my camera around -- as I did here -- to snap one of them peering over my shoulder to see my camera screen.

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