Photos of African Food Lome, Togo West Africa Sunday, June 17, 2007
READER WROTE Please send us some pictures of the grocery store. I love looking at all the different stuff they sell. Snap the meat market area, vegetables and the check out counter. It will show what differences the culture is from here.
Interesting proposal or request, and not easy to do, because
1. 10 percent of food is sold about the same as the USA, the check out counter, the meat section is almost the same.
2. Then there is the 20 percent combinations of modern and traditional types.
3. Then there is the 70 percent normal world open markets, supplemented with small corner stores to distribute the imported foods.
The normal country of Togo is self-sufficient in they grow about everything they want or need, I think maybe a problem with Vegetable Oil and Rice, however everything else is here.
If I want to make the country look rich, I take photos of 1, if I want to make it look poorer, I can take pictures of number 3, and if I want be fair, I need to take many photos of all levels, and put on the same page. This is why I am often very annoyed with Journalist, I know they just took an isolated incidence and portrayed it a the normal situation.
To be fair is difficult, hard to make a very clean meat counter in a fancy Supermarket seem special, I will try to be creative and take more Togo and West Africa food photos.