Robot Man, Flag Day Parade, Monrovia, Liberia

Flag Day, a national holiday instituted in 1915 to celebrate the Liberian flag as “symbol of pride and, fidelity and dignity”, and now beloved of all Liberians. Outside City Hall (Pron: Setty-Haw’) a crowd had been gathering throughout the day to watch parades pass by on Tubman Boulevard. One of the most bizarre incarnations was a muscular Liberian man who had ‘whited up’ and walked up and down like an android all day. Everyone was fascinated with him. You’ll see that he is, in fact, a walking advert for a local bank.

Technique: Maintaining detail in extreme white whilst keeping detail in the deep shadows is hard to pull off at any time, especially in the middle of the day and this close to the equator. The compromise has been struck toward the highlights, leaving shadow detail to fill in and directing the eye to the centre of the image.