27 March 2008

Uganda: A Photographic Journey of Country

book review

Kampala — Book: Uganda, The Pearl

Publisher: Tourguide Publications Ltd

THIS book is something like a personal photo album. The pictures are well selected and smirk of beauty. In a way, it is a response to the Western media desolate portrayal of Uganda. That is probably why one of the first pictures, of a poverty-stricken village in Adjumani, is blurred.

The play on colours is almost perfect. The bat caves in Queen Elizabeth National Park are a brave piece of photography. The bats cling on to the ceiling with a python resting underneath.

The background colours are a fiery yellow, adding a sinister movement to the picture. But that is what nature can sometimes be - frightening.

The People and Culture section proves Ugandans' love for bright colours, portrayed in the traditional dance costumes.

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