Sunday, March 04, 2007

A world o' contrasts


Yes, these two trucks always hang out by the side of a road we often travel.

The hilarious thing is the contrast - just a block or so away is one of Nairobi's two fanciest shopping malls. The lowest shot is from one of the shop windows in that fancy mall (The Junction).

4 Comments:

Blogger Pea said...

Can't quite find the words to express the comment I want to post but... I can't help wondering, is your blog just out to satirise the 'strange' things about Kenya?

Sun Mar 04, 11:05:00 PM PST  
Blogger Nairobi Paul said...

No. There are contrasts all over the world. I'm just showing life here, through my eyes, which are naturally different views than from any Kenyans'.

I try to not be negative or judgmental.

One example of what I was trying to convey with this one is how people can go to this shopping centre & spend thousands of shillings on one piece of flatware - and I find it hard to justify that action with seeing those nearby struggling to find enough money to not go hungry at night.

Mon Mar 05, 05:43:00 AM PST  
Blogger Pea said...

Ahh! (*eureka lightbulb*) I think I get it. I understand the contrast in this picture, though not in a wealth-poverty sense (one of the great things about art/photography - we can see the same things in different ways). Re-reading through your previous entries, I am forced to THINK!

Random question; what's the other fancy shopping mall? I ask because 1. Junction came up quite fast - I was away from home for just a few months and suddenly everyone had deserted the other malls, and

2. It would be interesting to know what an American thinks Kenyans consider "fancy."

Bless!

Mon Mar 05, 06:20:00 PM PST  
Blogger Nairobi Paul said...

Thanks Pea.

The Village Market is the other one I was thinking of.

Have a great day!

Mon Mar 05, 09:24:00 PM PST  

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