Sunsets Like a Dream: 1/17/09
From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. is a magical time to shoot video here. The temperature is perfect. The sky goes from blue to yellow then orange then red and pink. Mixed with the red earth and the haze from dust it is a majestic scene.
I’m trying to get out every evening to shoot around this time. Today I shot a lot of football (soccer). As 4:30 rolls around you see boys of all ages heading to areas all over town to play. It’s no wonder we can’t compete in the World Cup. The rest of the world is playing soccer everyday and in poor countries without cleats or shin guards.
Earlier in the day The Chief of Sikoro (dugutigi) approved Eduardo’s mural design. Tomorrow they will start on the wall. In the morning they’ll paint the wall white and then in the evening they will use a data projector to project images onto the wall which they can trace with pencil. Then they will darken the lines and begin to paint Monday. We have 16 days left.
We also strolled around our voisinage (neighborhood) today. We saw many beautiful children, hundreds of smiling faces and tragic filth. There was a beautiful garden and just beyond it a stream chock full of garbage, scum and waste. It makes me sad that the people and animals here live among such squalor. Then you stop and talk to people and they offer you fried bananas and the trash and filthy water melts away and all that remains is the happiness, contentment and generosity of these wonderful people.
Photos from today: