From 2009 to 2012, Neighbor Douglas Cruickshank was a Peace Corps volunteer, living in a remote village in the mountains of western Uganda. Today, he lives on Gates Street in Bernal Heights, where he wrote a book about his experiences in Africa.
That book is called Somehow: Living on Uganda Time, and it is very big, very beautiful, and very, very revealing:
It’s so good, in fact, that it was named this year’s best book of photography by a returned Peace Corps volunteer:
Douglas Cruickshank’s Somehow: Living on Uganda Time, is a big book, and its 400 pages of photos and text are heavy, amazingly so. Not as in ‘heavy going’, but as in profoundly engrossing. To both the author-photographer and his friends the Ugandans, it is heavy with special meanings; stimulating, fascinating, captivating and… You get the idea.
When he joined the Peace Corps and went to Uganda Douglas Cruickshank was 56 and had recently downsized his life. He called it the “Great Shedding of Things”, having sold and given away most of his possessions and encumbrances – except his camera, a sense of adventure and his way of seeing and capturing the essence of life digitally. He entered Uganda as a stranger in a strange land, but not for long. His camera helped make it familiar and meaningful.
Reviewer Don Messerschmidt goes on to say that Neighbor Doug is a “superb photographer and an equally evocative writer, with well defined wit and wisdom.” Bernalwood eagerly concurs with this opinion.
Want a copy? Sure you do. You can get one from the Amazon, but Neighbor Doug will be more than happy to sell you one directly (as well as prints of various images included in the book).
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