I live in Pointe-Noire with my family. Pointe-Noire is the main city in the Kouilou region, the coastal region in South-Western Congo. Franck, one of our family’s oldest friends in Pointe-Noire and our favorite taxi driver in the city, told me that the name in Munukutuba means “fertile land.”Mom and dad moved to Central Africa in 1981 when I was 4 and my brother was still in utero. Mom and dad have never left, and I wandered around the world for about 10 years, living in the United States, Israel and France for long periods of time until a downturn in the world economy prompted my decision to settle back home and try to build a new life for myself.
My brother and I circa 1986 at our school’s carnival in Kinshasa:
Circa 2012 in Pointe-Noire. I try not to complain too much but two things annoy me greatly:
I take all my pictures with my iPhone because it’s discreet. I am not a stickler for focus, as you will notice. This is because a) i don’t care and b) i have had terrible eyesight my entire life, so everything has always been shades of blurry and it’s familiar to me. Blurry is soft, too much focus and clean-cut edges is not how life really is anyway.