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Today's three photos were taken in Cotonou, the major city of Benin and the country's economic centre. It is by no means a beautiful and scenic city with lots of interesting buildings, but it is nicely situated by the Gulf of Guinea, which is part of the Atlantic Ocean.

Actually, the city is basically surrounded by water. Cotonou is built on two peninsulas, separated by a rather narrow canal. To the south of the city is the ocean, to the north is a large lagoon (Lac Nokoué).

Unfortunately my memories of the layout and directions of the city are rather hazy, so I am not sure if this photo and WS #1 were taken from the canal or maybe a bay of the lagoon.

Never mind. Both photos show small boats used for fishing. WS #2 shows a big boat used for nothing at all.

What I do remember is that after taking these and other photos I had to load my camera with a new film. According to my diary I had taken six photos, mainly of villagers I met in a beach area, before I got back into the city. I arrived in a decayed industrial area, where I took the seventh photo of a street with an old church and a narrow gauge railway line that looked like it had not been used for many years.

A policeman saw me and claimed this was a protected strategic area. He ordered me to take out the film. I refused, referring to the tourist office where the staff had assured me that apart from military installations there were no specific photo restrictions.

The policeman patted his gun and said that he couldn't care less what they told me at the tourist office.

I gave him the film. You can't argue with armed men.

Today's three photos that I managed to save were all scanned from Kodachrome slides.

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  • Copyright: Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10580 W: 533 N: 20554] (90232)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 1982-03-00
  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2020-08-11 0:19
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