‘Oh Boy’ (A Coffee in Berlin), Jan Ole Gerster (2012)

Do you know what it’s like… to have the feeling that all the people around you are honestly kind of weird? But when you think it over, then it becomes clear that the problem is with yourself.

National Geographic August 1975

The Niger: River of Sorrow, River of Hope

Earmarks of wealth among the  Fulanis, giant gold ornaments festoon a woman at Dialloube; a head strap often helps support the heavy earrings. As a family’s fortunes increase, more gold may be hammered onto the jewelry. Gleaming filigree—an art form among the Niger—harks back to an age wen West African monarchs cornered the bulk of the continent’s known gold supply. One 11th century Ghanaian king reportedly possessed a nugget so large that he tethered his horse to it.

Photographs by Georg Gerster, Ph.D.