I just returned from Chad, a country I knew very little about before I went. If you do have any knowledge of the place, it will most likely be images of the Sahara, intense isolation, extreme heat, and Islam. All are true of some parts of Chad, but the lower third of the country is green with rivers and lakes, and the Muslim population is actually about 56% of the whole country. The government policy, at least for now, is religious tolerance.

Still, it looks quite different from the east Africa I’m more familiar with – the square mud houses, the clothing, the landscape, the language and people. Here are a few photos from the areas of Chad we visited. Stories to follow in another post.



  1. Cindy Wyneken 27 November 2014 at 12:53 pm #

    Beautiful, Lu! As always, the Africans are beautiful and colorful — but these people have quite different features from the Africans I’m used to seeing.

    • LuAnne 27 November 2014 at 10:34 pm #

      Thank you, Cindy. The people are quite different from what I’m used to as well. I love seeing such variety in Africa.

  2. Krista 27 November 2014 at 4:05 pm #

    Wow, that picture of the plane in the air… you were in another plane obviously, but that’s pretty close! It’s gorgeous though, looks like something that should be titled “out of Africa”.
    All the photos are lovely though, and tell a story all on their own.

    • LuAnne 27 November 2014 at 10:38 pm #

      Krista, we got to do aerial shots – a first for me. It’s tricky. You need to have a window open or door off, and you can’t be hanging out or the wind will knock the camera around. We went in the small Cessna 182 with the window open. The Caravan that I’m shooting doesn’t really have a window other than a tiny 5 inch opening next to the pilot’s seat so that pilot, who is a good photographer, tried to shoot from there. It was early morning and so so lovely.

  3. Jen 28 November 2014 at 3:27 am #

    Love these! That baby with the eyes…oh my goodness!

    • LuAnne 28 November 2014 at 8:24 am #

      I promise, Jen, those were exactly what those eyes looked like for real. It wasn’t my wide angle or any manipulation. That’s often how malnourished kids look, but I don’t think this one was.

  4. Jeremy Hogarth 30 November 2014 at 4:41 pm #

    Beautiful shots of beautiful people, LuAnne – Africa is such a diverse world that so few people ever see.

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