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Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Sometimes a picture says more than a thousand words

The photo below of a Dar es Salaam night scene shows the junction of Zanaki Street on the left and Bibi Titi Mohamed Road, the road leading to the Julius Nyerere International Airport.

It is a spot I have walked past throughout the years and a spot that has changed considerably through that period. On the left of the photo (hidden from view) stands a large office and apartment complex that was built where a large community of Tanzanian Asians used to live. The new building, where offices of Qatar Airways are located, completely changed the landscape of the area and contributed to the increasing number of new buildings that have cropped up in Dar es Salaam in place of old, but sometimes unique buildings that should have been left intact in memory of Dar es Salaam's heritage.

But even with the new face that Dar is taking on, I have a feeling that photos sometimes paint more than a few thousand words into an image, producing an effect that is far more dramatic than the eye actually sees.

I have walked past this location a few hundred times, but I cannot say that the picture matches the reality that I see on the street. I walked past there only last night, and I still feel that sometimes technology produces a much better image of reality.


Biche said...

I walk/drive past this junction all the time and I agree with you: this photo makes it a lot gistier than it is in real life! :-)

Anonymous said...

its true! the photo paints paradise while its nowhere near there

Alli said...

Amazing to see but I guess it's easier to spruce up a photo rather than the street itself. I remember the street being dark & gloomy.

looks good on the net though...