Rufisque used to be the administrative center of Senegal during colonial time, but little reminds of that time. The majority of houses built in the beginning of the 20th century are in complete decay, the center is one big market (which is absolutely fantastic) and all administrative and governmental offices have moved to Dakar, leaving the historical center in ruins.. It's a very photogenic place though and I had a lot of fun walking around and photographing. I passed this house and took an image of the exterior, because it seemed to be the only house that held a little bit of the grandeur that the city once knew. The lady who lives there invited me in and I photographed the interior. The living room was a reminder of a life that is foregone. Her once wealthy husband has passed away and all her children have moved out to Europe and The United States. Nowadays, she rents out most of the rooms to villagers. Her home still functions as a place to live in, but the interior and especially all the images on the wall gave me the feeling of the living room being a place of remembrance and upholding of status and upbringing. That's what I want to show through the images. Here's a first selection:
In my final selection, I want to focus on the interior of the house, the photographs and decorations on the wall and the front to show the atmosphere and sense of nostalgia that was everywhere. The kitchen is a bit more luxurious than a standard Senegalese kitchen and also holds some of the nostalgia, so I wanted to add that one as well.
When it comes to the effectiveness of the space, I wonder if this question should even be asked. In terms of the place being a place where the lady feels at home and where she can hold on to earlier times, I certainly think it's effective. The living room is also a good reflection of the woman's faith, her upbringing and character.