Adrian Morris is a documentary and editorial travel photographer from Australia. Currently based in Europe (Barcelona, Spain), he travels worldwide and work for various publications and brands. His client portfolio includes BBC, The Wall Street Journal, Conde Nast Traveler (US) and many more.
About ‘White gold‘:
The Songor Lagoon is located along the eastern coast of Ghana, West Africa. Experts say that the area has the greatest potential for large-scale salt production in West Africa for export and industrial use. However, the local people have been fighting to maintain their sustainable and traditional harvesting methods and hold on to their land that has been passed down to them from their ancestors for centuries.
Modernisation, population pressure and greed from larger companies and private owners have created a threat to their land as well as social and environmental issues. Salt has been a major item of trade, especially for the people of West Africa for longer than history can recall. It is still the main source of income for many local tribes in the area.
This series of photos is the result of my time spent in Songor Lagoon and it is a look into the traditional and sustainable working methods of the local people and their way of life, during a time of ongoing pressure from the modern world.