Images of The Gambia

Keen photographer Heidi Page returns to The Gambia to try to capture the “essence” of The Gambia and share the country’s secrets which attract so many holidaymakers to return for a second, third or even 20th visit!

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Heidi Page works in our marketing department and has recently returned to The Gambia on her first photography assignment for us. You can read all about it and see some of her amazing pictures.

 

I have worked for The Gambia Experience for four years and following five previous visits to The Gambia, my sixth visit was a photography trip in April for this winter’s ‘new look’ brochure. As a keen photographer I was sent to capture the ‘real’ Gambia so we could share the soul of the destination with you and show there’s a lot more there than just glorious sunshine (although that is obviously a massive draw!).

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Understandably, I didn’t need much persuasion to fly out and shoot The Gambia as it’s incredibly vibrant and colourful; some might say a photographer’s dream. I had five days to capture as many aspects of the true Gambia as I could find; needless to say it wasn’t long enough and many nooks and crannies of the country were left unseen. I returned home with just a snippet of the vast amount of sights and experiences there are to be had.

I think I found most activity wandering around Serrekunda market and the infamous Royal Albert market in Banjul whilst weaving around locals loudly haggling over their purchases of the day. My camera did me proud by capturing the intense level of colour of bizarre looking fruits I never knew the names of and every colour of fabric piled up to twice my own height, not to mention the locals fully dressed in them; and even the taxis are colourful!

It’s unfortunate that photography cannot capture the fusion of smells and sounds that accompany what you are seeing, although it can certainly give you a feel for a place - I can assure you, however, it’s not half the experience you’ll have when you actually go there!

 
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