Shoeless in the dust, airborne, arched back, tattered uniform, and perfect concentration as the football eclipses the sun setting behind the Kirk Range in Malawi. The Gowa Secondary School football club enacts the joy of sport and resilience to achieve development. The team gathers each day after school to enjoy the challenge of football after having walked up to nine kilometres to reach a school. The strength, concentration, and discipline of their bodies during football becomes a metaphor for the resilience of a community facing chronic hunger and poverty while the small country of Malawi engages with modernization and development.
Joseph Lanning is a former Peace Corps volunteer in Africa. He currently studies ecological and environmental anthropology, completing research in southern Africa. A native of New York, he lives in Athens, Georgia combining his anthropology research on food insecurity with his desire to bring his research to a wider audience through photography.