I took this photo some weeks ago when travelling with Zitto Kabwe at the Kidahwe-Kasulu Road in Kigoma Kaskazini. Zitto wants tarmac and development - with very good reason - for the people in his constituency, and asks: 'What will it be like in October 2013?'
I'm Danish and spoiled with good, decent tarmac (though I did grow up at the end of a murram road in rural Denmark), and I realised when editing the photo with a graphic designer (who insisted to blow it up for print in A3), that the sight of red soil makes me feel comfortably grounded and safe.
Besides, I had a whole year in Denmark looking for cracks in the tarmac, and I breathe sceneries like these.
But, it is a luxury I can afford.
Finishing the Kidahwe-Kasulu Road means a lot to the people living in this area, as well as to the development of the region as a whole. Back in August I asked people in Kidahwe of the most recent positive changes in their area, and they mentioned the road as a first thing. They said that now they can travel faster and safer to town. Before a ride costed 3000 ths, now only 1000 tsh. That they can sell their vegetables in town, that they've made money which they invest in business and trade. That some build houses for those money.
So, I take the photo with me, maybe put it on a wall in a gallery, but knowing that development will change it.