Boys of Volta
The Boys of Volta series by Jeremy Snell is a sensitive portrayal of the people and environment surrounding Lake Volta, Ghana. This enormous man-made lake is the largest in the world. Spanning half of Ghana its surface is scattered with eerie tree trunks where once you would find dense forests. Fishing is now one of the main industries for the people here. Demanding long hours in often challenging conditions. Jeremy’s Boys of Volta follows the story of the fisher boys he encountered here.
“The innocence portrayed in these images—through the use of warm, diffused light and muted tones—makes them all the more deceptive. We are well used to stereotypical images of Africa as a deprived or exotic continent, but the approach here is different. While the photographs are seemingly beautiful and exotic, the mood of solitude and loneliness is overwhelming. The photographs appear richly cinematic while at the same time reminding us that for some, there is no happy ending.”
– Caroline Hunter, Picture Editor
The Guardian Weekend Magazine
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