Bosembele, Ombella-M'Poko prefecture, Central African Republic
A table in Olivier's house. As chairman of a Concern (UK NGO) supported group he grows all the crops shown here (corn, lemongrass, sweet potatoes and mango) on a small plot of land. He is also the leader of the village marching band and owns three trumpets. The one in this photograph is his favourite. The money reflects his role as chair of the group and the empty pill packet is left over from his malaria treatment. In each home he visited Chris asked the owners to select items of food and other possessions which were important to them, to create the centre piece for a still life. Each tableau tells their owner's story. Chris de Bode was continually struck by how few possessions there were in each home. This is one of a series of still lifes telling the story of this post-conflict region in CAR.