Travel Photo Contest – Francis Carmine
I took this photo in the Abosso Goldfields near Tarkwa in Ghana. It shows a world not often photographed, that is illegal gold mining in Africa. In Ghana the industry provides good income (relative to their alternatives) for thousands of people in particularly harsh conditions. The image displays the tools of the trade while conveying the subjects disgust at the multinational mining companies working in the area for not employing him. His defiant stance while wearing such a comical t-shirt (of which he is completely ignorant) making the scene and the circumstances of his life all the more memorable. I tried a number of different compositions here but this image stood out as being the most complete in terms of composition. Alternatives and other illegal mining scenes can be seen on my flickr page. Taken using the Canon G10.