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Walk This Way
Photograph by Stephen L. Alvarez

Guiding Geographic's caving team and its (usually) gear-laden donkeys across the Selma Plateau, Said al Ghadani (above) his brother, and his 60-year-old father tread very lightly. Whenever they encountered rough or rocky terrain, they would remove their rubber flip-flops and walk barefoot. It would, they explained, save their flip-flops' soles and keep them from twisting an ankle. "To me," says author Greg Crouch, "that's a good definition of dire poverty."

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 17-35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/4

Weather Conditions: Clear
Time of Day: Late evening
Lighting Techniques: Natural light



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