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A 29-year-old Eritrean migrant stands against a fence at the Safi barracks detention centre for immigrants in Safi, outside Valletta, October 22, 2013.

A 29-year-old Eritrean migrant stands against a fence at the Safi barracks detention centre for immigrants in Safi, outside Valletta, October 22, 2013.Asylum-seekers and other migrants who land in Malta in an irregular manner face automatic and mandatory detention which can last for up to 18 months. Many are released sooner following the granting of refugee status or other forms of protection.

Boredom is a major problem faced by detainees in detention centres. I observed this Eritrean man, who wouldn’t give me his name, for a couple of minutes as he stood still against the fence in the courtyard before I approached him to get some pictures. In my mind he looked as though he had been crucified to the fence, so I shot from a low angle to accentuate this.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
focal length 16mm
Manual Exposure
f/11
1/500 sec
ISO 200

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