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:

zorro and pierrot

Circa 2012 in Pointe-Noire. I try not to complain too much but two things annoy me greatly:

1 mosquitoes inside my mosquito net at 3 AM
2 humidity hair

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.


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  1. Lovely collection of pics – I’ve got some of a hotel that we went to earlier this year in Pointe Noire. We had booked into the Atlantic Palace, but our host decided his friend’s hotel was better! The lift was only half built, the cables all over the stairs and you had to duck under the scaffolding and between the paint and broken tiles to get up the narrow stairs to your room.

    The best part of that was there was no running water in the rooms, so they provided a 50 litre drum of water to use in the shower – which had a music system embedded into it! So you could listen to the radio, but not take a shower! I’ve got photos of it all, if you’d like them?

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