Nungwi is located in the north coast of Zanzibar island where it experiences to equal tides each day. The water level rises and falls with up to 3 - 4 meters in difference. This relatively common phenomena creates with it an event that captured my attention and curiosity during my stay on the island.
When the water begins to draw back to the far ocean right before noon, the villagers of Nungwi take to enter the shallow water that is left behind. The villagers live very simple lives and they don't have much to choose from otherwise where poverty is obvious. They've learned to take advantage of what nature offers and the enormas possibilities the sea can provide with. Some go out to collect sea weed, others collect seashells to sell to tourists and some will try to capture the trapped fish to cook and eat for lunch or dinner.
Among the people who enter the shallow water during the low tide is the children of Nungwi. The low tide creates with it a sort of gigantic playground for the kids where they look for sea shells, catch poisonous sea snakes, go fishing and just simply play and hang around. The low water that opens up becomes a place of escape from the normal, daily and poor life of the village.
I am a freelance documentary photographer based in Stockholm, Sweden.
My work is a collection of ordinary and unordinary observations along with personal projects and varied assignments from newspapers, magazines and companies. My main focus is on the documentary genre presenting works both in singles and reportage series with the human subject as the central core.
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