Science and Memory Ghana - Justin Hartney

Science & Memory Ghana

   I contributed as a photographer on a team telling stories of compost in Ghana. Our team was tasked with the challenge of promoting compost in the communities of Accra. The audience included farmers, families, and market places. My assets were used in photo stories and an advertising campaign.

Close and Far

No matter where you look, Ghana shines with beautiful colors and textures. There is no dull sight whether you have a bird’s eye view or a face to face view with a spider. The food, the markets, the people, and the landscapes all share visual similarities and work in harmony to create the essence of Ghana.

  • A variety of transportation seen from above in the coastal town Elmina. Elmina translates to inexhaustible supply of water.

  • A worker transfers raw materials to a compost pile at a location supported by University of Ghana.

  • Workers at Safisana transfer supplies as part of the compost process. Safisana’s objectives in providing organic fertilizer and electricity address eight of Ghana’s Sustainable Goals Agenda.

  • Plantain trees seen from above on a small farm.

  • Bola Boden is a waste management facility that has been around for under a year. The facility is responsible for cleaning the beaches around. The eight sewage tanks on the left are responsible for turning human waste into compost.

  • A spider enjoys the shade provided by this plant at a flower shop along a highway in Accra.

  • Sunlight illuminates the inside of a plantain leaf. Plantains are a staple in the Ghanaian diet and find their place in almost every meal.

  • A pile of bright fabrics at the Medina Market in Accra. All markets feature an abundance of vibrant colors and patterns found in produce, clothes, and furniture.

  • A pile of plantains at the Dome Market.

  • Rocks on a wall welcome visitors to University of Ghana.

People of Ghana

Food brings families and friends together. In Ghana, it also brings a whole nation together. From the compost facility to the farm and finally to the market, it takes a community to feed a community. The culture in Ghana is rich from the food that supports it. At an almost 0°, 0° on the world’s map, Ghana’s tropical climate delivers a delicious diet for its people.

  • A worker at Safisana carries compost inputs to another stage of the compost process. Safisana utilizes organic waste to produce compost fertilizer for farmers in the Accra region in Ghana.

  • This Jekora Ventures worker is responsible for organizing piles of waste in the compost production process.

  • A worker at Bola Boden prepares the facility for incoming waste. Bola Boden transforms human waste into organic fertilizer. On top of the creation of fertilizer, this process improves the sanitation around the area.

  • Three workers at one of the Utilization of Organic Waste to Improve Agricultural Productivity (UOWIAP) farms pose in front of a pile of fruit. The UOWIAP is led by University of Ghana and aims to enhance food security.

  • Farmer Adams proudly poses next to one of his plantain trees. Adams is another farmer that benefits from the UOWIAP project.

  • A market seller at the Dome Market shares a laugh with another market seller. There is a strong sense of community among market sellers at any of the markets in Ghana.

  • A market seller at the Dome Market holds her produce with joy. There is a strong sense of community among market sellers at any of the markets in Ghana.

  • A produce seller at a roadside flower shop carries plantains. Sellers carry heavier loads with the assistance of baskets on top of their heads.

  • A consumer rides in a trotro to the Medina Market. Trotros are the most popular form of transportation in Ghana allowing consumers to access produce from markets.

  • Two women carry fresh produce along Coconut Grove Beach early in the morning.

  • A family carries produce late at night along Coconut Grove.

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