DOORS OF LAGOS – A Walk (without Amy the husky) Around Lagos Photographing Doors and Other Things.
I am fascinated by some of the dignified old buildings of Lagos. Many in a state of great disrepair. In spite of this I see beauty in them and can’t help but wonder what stories lie behind their closed doors. And I wonder about the bourgeois who lived in these houses when they were at their best. The families that made this town economically successful over the millennia. I wonder what they did to make all this money. No doubt some of it goes back to the time of the slave trade and, more recently, the extraction of resources from southern Africa and Brazil. None of this is what we would think of as an honourable way to make your fortune and so, in a way, you could argue it is a fitting end for these houses, built on the proceeds of shameful endeavours. I, however, think the houses are blameless and on the one hand would love to see them restored to their former glory, but on the other hand their shabbiness is part of the charm of Lagos and I think it would be a terrible thing to see this lovely town, with all its rust and flaking paint, turned into something you would see in a lifestyle magazine. It makes me think of Havana … but that is another story.
So today I walked around Lagos and photographed, with an iPad, doors and windows and other things that took my fancy. Things that speak of Lagos’ former glory. Not a spectacular glory in the sense that Lisbon and Madrid are spectacular, but grand for a small provincial town by the sea. Here are the photos:
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