Over the Islands of Africa: Zanzibar (2011)
German photographer Matthias Ziegler travels to the former slave island of Zanzibar with world champion ultralight pilot, Richard Meredith-Hardy and his flying inflatable boat (FIB).
Matthias’ speciality is portraits and he goes to great lengths to win the locals' trust. At one point he even braves shark-infested waters. Richard does his utmost to give Matthias the opportunity to find extraordinary perspectives from the air, often in the face of stiff resistance – from storm fronts, gale-force winds and sometimes Tanzanian bureaucracy.
The search for subjects takes Matthias and Richard from a dhow (a typical East African sailboat), to the old city of Stone Town and Nungwi to Zanzibar's largely untouched sister island of Pemba. They encounter Zanzibar’s most famous singer, Muslim schoolgirls, boat makers and Sufi singers; discover flying foxes (an endemic bat species); and taste prized cloves cultivated by 108-year-old Aladi.