Child soldier – Photographer Francois Beaurain is creating a series of GIFs of Monrovia, Liberia's capital. These are still versions of those GIFs.
Swept out – When Beaurain first decided to move to Monrovia, all the Google images looked like "a nightmare," he says.
Monrovia Falls – All the images he found on Google were of child soldiers, civil war and blood diamonds. On moving, he admits he was "worried."
Beauty Salon – On arrival in Monrovia, however, he found it a lovely place, and one of the safest cities in Africa. He decided to address this discrepancy by creating his own version of the city through a series of GIFs.
Ducor Hotel Fifth Floor – Many of his GIFs are set in the Ducor Hotel, which was once one of Africa's first five-star properties. Today, it sits mostly abandoned in the aftermath of Liberia's Civil War.
Old shack – Beaurain found his subjects by simply walking around his neighborhood with a camera.
Thief and cop – Many locals assumed he was a foreign journalist, planning to sell his images abroad. Initially, putting them at ease took some work, he says.
Former French embassy – When describing his work to potential subjects, Beaurain shows them some of his work on a smartphone he carries around.
Starfish – Ultimately, Beaurain hopes that when people search Liberia or Monrvoia, his images will trump some of the more negative ones that are prominent on the Internet.