This is one image from a large body of work documenting the people and environment of Sao Tome and Principe, two small islands 290 kilometers west of Gabon. Once a super power of production and export of coffee and cocoa created by the Portuguese in colonial times. The country gained independence in 1975. Since then, the grand plantation estates and its' houses have been re-claimed by the jungle, trees grow through the roof tops of grand old buildings. Various estates have become little villages where the locals have claimed the buildings for them selves.