“Dead Traffic” photography project by London-based photographer Kim Thue is a beautiful yet grim series on Big Wharf, the largest slum in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. Thue originally went to the politically-fraught region to document daily life at a charity hospital but found it difficult to create work that went beyond the stereotypical images of poverty. In search of broader photographic opportunities, he ventured into Freetown and ended up in Big Wharf. Many of the residents of Big Wharf had first come to the city in search of better opportunities and, not finding them, ended up in an area ravaged by poverty, crime, violence, and addiction.
About the photographer:
Kim was born in September 1980 in Grindsted - a small Danish town situated on the windy moors of Jutland.
As a restless teenager he moved to the U.K, where he graduated from the Editorial Photography course at Brighton University in 2006.
Kim has undertaken extensive projects in countries as diverse as China, Greenland and Sierra Leone. His work has been exhibited internationally and published in leading magazines and newspapers, including Adbusters, Vice, Eyemazing, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Information and LFI (Leica Fotographie International).