Gambia – A Visit To Brikama Market

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Gambia – A Visit To Brikama Market

A morning trip to the huge Brikama Market in Gambia turned into a major event. As word spread around the market that I had a camera that could print the photos then and there – I became surrounded – at times it was three or four deep. Mums wanting photos of their beautiful babies, vegetable sellers, stall-holders in the fish market, street kids – all grabbing my arm and saying “me next, me next”. I was, of course, delighted to help and was handing out little Polaroid prints as fast I could take and print them. It was all good-humored and fun – apart from the odd bumster trying to extract payment – but the stall-holders soon saw them off. It was only when I ran out of paper and there was no sign of my guide Mamadi that I got worried that I might not get out of the middle of the scrum in one piece. Happily, Manadi turned up and got me out before I had to explain to the disappointed mums that I run out of paper!

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I learnt two things that day – (1) buy a Zink printer if you want great travel portraits and (2) never take one into a busy market without a local guide to get you out of the scrum!

Thank you Mamadi – you’re a life saver.

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About Tom Warburton

Tom Warburton Long, long ago (back in analogue days) he travelled the world extensively including a two year around the world trip. He is now rediscovering the world with a digital camera. He originally trained as an ecologist and is particularly interested in environmental and wildlife issues.

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5 Responses to "Gambia – A Visit To Brikama Market"

  1. PurpleTravelKate  August 7, 2013 at 10:55

    I love these pictures, so vibrant, the colours and everything. Looks like a fantastic trip!

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  2. Luxury Travels  May 23, 2013 at 10:17

    Amazing article, really well written. Thank you for sharing your experience as well as taking so fantastic portrait shots. It really give you a feel for the market.

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  3. Angela Pointon  May 7, 2013 at 09:39

    They are wonderful pictures and reflections Tom. My mother’s day gift last year was a polaroid…..I love it!

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  4. Vineeta Yashswi  May 6, 2013 at 11:46

    Amazing portrait… I love the way you described your experience…

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  5. What beautiful pictures. And such a fantastic idea to bring a polaroid! I’m sure they all loved being able to take those pictures home.

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