Description Near Ouidah, Benin, the Gate of No Return is a monument on the beach marking a main departure point during the slave trade. Slaves were shackled and marched through the gate before boarding the outbound ships. The gate is a grim reminder of the slave trade, marking the final glimpse of home for countless enslaved people. I chose sepia tone here to show the age of the gate.
Jasmine Fledderjohann, Lancaster, UK 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!