Images and Thoughts from the Heart of Darkness
Portrait of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
by Alidad Vakili
This is a book about the images and thoughts of my travels to a distant land so many of us know so little about. In setting out on a trip to accompany a good friend, I quickly found myself trying to capture a fleeting glimpse of the tortured beauty of this country and in doing so present some of the images and thoughts that are so often left shrouded by a veil of ignorance. What I came away with was a sense of bewilderment that such a beautiful country with such promise can have been left in the shadows for so many years.
I have always had an interest in writing and photography. An invitation from a friend to travel with him to the Democratic Republic of Congo led to an adventure and a reawakening of my interest in writing, photography and travel. The images and thoughts from my trip to such a distant land resulted in my book about my travels to the Congo.
101 Nights Published May 31, 2009