Description On the boat ride to Ganvie, a stilt village in Benin, locals can be seen traveling in canoe-like boats with homemade sails. The most affordable means of making these sails is to sew a series of old rice bags together, as shown here. This results in a colorful, patchwork sail.
Jasmine Fledderjohann, Oxford Member Since December 2011 Artist Statement Growing up in Anchorage, Alaska, I developed an appreciation for beautiful scenery early. When I was 16 years old, I took an interest in photography, which allowed me to capture and share some of the beautiful images I had always appreciated. On my first trip to Europe, in 2004, I visited Rome and Paris. Having an opportunity to photograph the exquisite historical buildings in these cities only increased my interest in photography, and these days I always try to carry a camera with me. In 2005 I began my graduate work at Penn State, and in 2008 I had a wonderful opportunity to visit West Africa to collect data for my dissertation. The dry red clay dirt, the verdant landscapes, and the haunting, aged buildings inspired a plethora of photographs. During my graduate studies I also visited Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Granada, and Lisbon. After finishing my degree I moved to Utrecht, the Netherlands, and I've had ample opportunities to travel around Western Europe. I now live in England, and most recently visited Jaipur, Agra, Delhi, and Hyderabad in India and Cape Town in South Africa. I'm hoping to take a trip to South America soon!