Wednesday, June 19, 2013

All in the Detail: Senegalese Pirogues

I have a love affair with the typical Senegalese painting aesthetic that can be seen on buses, horse carriages, taxis, signs, and boats all throughout Dakar and Senegal. I'm constantly exclaiming over a particularly imaginative design, only to receive some strange glances by the Senegalese. I believe there is a religious affiliation with the painting style—maybe with the Mouride brotherhood that are very prominent in transportation, but I'm no expert on this.

This style features mostly primary colors, vibrant patterns, nationalistic color themes (Senegal, France), Arabic lettering, and many other glorious artistic details. Pirogues, canoe like fishing boats, also feature the name of the boat along the sides (normally a family member's first name). I captured these close-ups on the beach coming back to Dakar from St. Louis. It was a great opportunity to get up close and personal with the designs I am always admiring from afar in daily activities.

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