Much of the landscape of Ghana is covered Volta lake, an artificial reservoir with the largest surface area in the world. The enormous body of water extends from the southern part of the African country through the northern region and is used by the Akosombo Damthat generates much of the nation’s electricity.
Despite the stunning surroundings and rich landscape, the lake has an eerie side that the photographer has Jeremy Snell recorded in a new book entitled Boys from Volta. “Thousands of children work in the massive fishing industry – and many of these children are taken to work”. a statement says about the project. Through intimate and impressive shots, the Brooklyn-based photographer looks into the lives of boys who wade into the tree-sprinkled water with swaths of fishing nets. Snell writes about it the project::
Child trafficking and child labor in this region have a lot to do with the complex economic and social history of the Ghanaians living around the lake. Small children are designed for fishing because of their mobility and small hands for untangling nets. This series hopes to capture some of the loneliness and innocence of young children trapped in this reality.
Individual prints and the book that Snells series is putting together are currently available at Setanta books with ten percent of the proceeds go to International Justice Mission, a global organization working to end slavery, police abuse and violence against women and children. Follow Snell’s projects that document life around the world Instagram. (about Creative boom)
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