In early July, I took off for a quick three day shoot in Nigeria for Vice's upcoming nightly news show on HBO (debuts Sept 26). I was there to shoot a feature on Hausa novels, which are essentially women's romance novels. Society in northern Nigeria is comprehensively Muslim and very conservative. The books receive varying degrees of acceptance and opposition. Amongst women, the novels serve as female mentorship, entertainment, and an avenue for sororal community.
I took along a new [read used] Olympus XA rangefinder and some rolls of Kodak Portra film. These are the photographs I managed to snap during moments I could put the video camera down.