I visited Ghana on a school-trip. I was part of a West African drum-circle at Sarah Lawrence College (of course) and this study-abroad program seemed like the perfect way to immerse myself in the culture. Also, I wanted to travel.

I studied at Dagbe Cultural Institute. We arrived there after spending 4 days in Accra, the capital of Ghana, which was a stark contrast to the village I had just stepped foot it. Accra was partially developed— a city— but Kopeiya was vivid, abundant, and filled with life. Although the poverty was evident, the people smiled more in Kopeiya.

Our routine at Dagbe was fairly standard; after breakfast we learned some of the traditional dances, and after lunch we studied the percussive accompaniments to those dances. This went on for about two weeks, and during this period I took some of my proudest pictures. Everyone volunteered to be photographed, which meant that I had an abundant collection of pictures to choose from. And to be honest, everyone was so easy to photograph it made for an effortless interaction with the people of the village. Individuals would come up to me, point to the lens and then point to themselves. No problemo friend, that’s what I’m here for.

I initially titled and printed this series for an Anthropology project titled “Humans of Dagbe” mimicking the Humans of NY trend, but my moving company lost the only copy of the book. Sad:(