Dad in Africa

Morocco. 1954

Slide Photography by A. La Mont Henriksen

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I think I was lead to look at these photos today, as they completely moved me.  Labeled, 1954 Dad trip to Africa.  Images my dad took during his travels in the military as a young man.  This is what he saw, what he wanted to record.  I wish he could tell me about them as I don’t remember seeing them before.  How can there only be just a handful.

Photographer dad.   Photographer daughter.

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I’m drawn in by the hand gesture, the color, worn fabric and patterns.

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Immediately I noticed the middle lady with a square purse and those 50’s curves.  And what is the story about the person she’s walking with.

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I can’t fathom the life these women were forced to live.

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Texture and color and lighting, all Love.  And the contrast of what he gets to wear with what she’s forced to wear.  Jack thinks she’s a ghost.

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And the man below, standing in the middle with his back to us, dividing up the picture.

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I love the white and blues, and the lone figure walking.

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Did these people hate Americans back then?

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Dad must have handed his camera to someone else, for those that know him can pick him out below.

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  • BridgetJanuary 13, 2011 - 9:14 am

    OH, I love the ones with Grandpa! And the one with the kids! Wow!

  • Natasha DixonJanuary 13, 2011 - 10:28 am

    These are beautiful… it like looking at an old national geographic… thank you for sharing..

  • AnandaJanuary 13, 2011 - 12:50 pm

    Lauri, thank you so much for sharing this part of Grandpa!
    These are indeed priceless.

  • brittJanuary 13, 2011 - 4:14 pm

    Thank you, thank you!

  • HollyJanuary 13, 2011 - 8:25 pm

    I’ve never seen these before and didn’t even know that dad had gone to Africa. They are great photos and I agree with you – I wish I could ask dad about them. Thank you so much for sharing these.

  • SharytiJanuary 14, 2011 - 12:57 pm

    THANK YOU!!! Oh this makes me want to travel even more. I never knew grandpa had gone to Africa and I soo long to go. Thank you!