I post this shot for Malgo (Emka) who commented that I seldom upload pictures of Namibia people or animals.
The man pictured here is the headman of the small OvaHimba village we visited last year. The men are quite plainly dressed in comparison to the highly decorative style of the women. You can see that he is married as his hair is covered by a type of turban; this is only removed at times of mourning. The brass spoon-like item is multi functional; it is used as adornment, as a ‘sweat-scraper’ and as a snuff spoon.
The headman (usually the oldest male in the village), of the clan, sits by the sacred fire during the day and talks to the ancestors about problems facing the family. He is responsible for residence, religious aspects of life embodied by the sacred fire and ensuring that the rules of tradition and the specific rules of the clan are obeyed. His authority is identified by an erenge bracelet. He oversees births, marriages and coming of age ceremonies. He performs the various ceremonies at the sacred fire, involving the spirits of the ancestors in the daily life of the village. He is also responsible for the rules of the tribe. If a crime is committed or a property dispute arises, he will be called to give judgment. If his judgment is not accepted, a number of headmen will meet to discuss the matter.
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daddo (18517) 2012-08-19 4:09
Hi Rosemary. A great study of a man with gravitas.He looks like someone who has seen and heard just about everything and anything, yet has remained serene. Excellent clarity. Best wishes. Klaudio.
brianmcc (5536) 2012-08-19 4:25
this is a wonderful portrait; the close up shot is excellent. you have managed the light perfectly and have achieved an amazing degree of detail and sharpness. the textures are incredible especially in the subject's face. the colour tones are wonderful, and i think the area of pale blue sky contrasts well with the rest of the natural brown tones.
Sergiom (39223) 2012-08-19 4:40
Un très beau portrait. Tu as su presque entrer dans les pensées de l'homme. On perçoit bien la texture de sa peau grâce à une très belle gestion de la lumière. Un cadrage de professionnel.
siudzi (23879) 2012-08-19 4:48
Excellent portrait picture executed with a top class! Like the close-up used here and very interesting cropping. The work is great and I'm sure Malgo will be more than happy:)
Have a lovely Sunday!
kathryn_weir (1742) 2012-08-19 5:05
A very pleasing portrait with good detail , despite the harsh lighting. The close crop is used to good effect and you have captured a wonderful mood.
chrisvek (5453) 2012-08-19 5:35
Perfect portrait with ethnic details.So nice the expression of this man.I can imagine that you had a very difficult lightning management,but this result is really excellent.Well done!
Have a perfect week
GREGG (8243) 2012-08-19 6:32
a unique man with Malgo
Have a nice Sunday Rosemary,
mjw364 (3680) 2012-08-19 6:49
I like the way the mans eyes are focusing in the same direction as the "spoon like" implement. A study in concentration and thought.
janraiski (340) 2012-08-19 8:46
excellent potrait, excellent sharpness & many details, and of course the thoughtful look of this man. All together fantastic photo.
gildasjan (38218) 2012-08-19 9:48
Un portrait bien placé dans le cadre et ici les textures du visage de cet homme sont parfaitement rendues.L'exposition est juste.
Nicou (97679) 2012-08-19 11:24
Grandisoe portrait et iamge quel rendu sur la peau avec ce colier quel regard avec la flèeche sur son oreille sueprbe image.
Bravo et amitié
saxo042 (31800) 2012-08-19 12:04
A very good portrait! This is a picture with dignity and perfect sharpness. An interesting note makes this a very fine TE contribution!
jjcordier (62328) 2012-08-19 12:17
Un portrait de magnifique qualité de cet homme. Lumière et netteté sont tout simplement époustouflantes.
Royaldevon (17791) 2012-08-19 14:08
A remarkable portrait.
His features are so strong, almost chiselled, with amazing textural details. I feel almost guilty, studying him in such depth, without authority!
A fine narrow dof does justice to the face but gives a useful context for the person.
My warm regards,
emka (58140) 2012-08-19 14:12
Hi Rosemary, today I am very happy. First, Craig has a surprise photo for me and many kind words, and now another wonderful gift - this photo from you. I do not deserve it. In both cases beautiful photos of the people made by the photographers who rarely make such pictures. others should be grateful to me :) Amazing portrait, you were so close to the man but also close to the community, you learned a lot about their lives and we can read this fascinating note. Perfect light, stunning sharpness, many details . Superb TE contribution, thanks!
bukitgolfb301 (30065) 2012-08-19 17:01
Hello dear Rosemary
This is so significant portrait shot. Very impressive and dynamic shot too. His face is very meanigful and he seems to be blue, he has some trobles as a leader. Quite sharp presentation to clearly see his skin condition. I want to visit there with malgo, if possible. Thanks for your sharing with finest shot and have a good day!
Takero from very hot Tokyo
ACL1978 (5775) 2012-08-19 20:52
Despite not posting many portraits, Rosemary, this one is stunning. You captured rich and deep expression here, with perfect shadow and light, a nice soft DOF isolating him, and a really attention-grabbing framing that creates a lot of intimacy and empathy. Rounded out with a fascinating note - beautiful work.
tyro (13073) 2012-08-20 1:05
This is a very fine portrait of this rather serious looking elder statesman. You have captured his mood and his appearance perfectly - an appearance which speaks of many years of hard earned experience and wisdom.
Perfect composition, excellent lighting, glorious true colours and exquisite sharpness against a finely out of focus background.
UlfE (13730) 2012-08-20 1:29
What a wonderful portrait of this man! Your timing was perfect with his pensive expression on his face and his partly sunlit face. The sharpness and detail could be better than this. TFS and have fine week!
dkmurphys (36801) 2012-08-20 2:19
Very picturesque portrait. I like the way you've captured the man, so natural and genuine.
Enjoy a good week.
timecapturer (30324) 2012-08-20 3:11
this is so immaculately sharp and detailed, you can count the lines and bristles on his face and chin. Executed brilliantly and a portrait that is full of character and atmosphere. Stunning! Look out - this one is top of the snaffler's list I bet! Awesome work, wish it was mine.
Enjoy a good week - regards Brian.
delpeoples (44904) 2012-08-20 4:31
hello dear Rosemary
Lucky Malgo, she get's all the presents today! :) And rightly so. Wow, this is so close, you really are so brave. And I mean brave getting up close and personal like that with anyone - whether you know them or not. I can account for every pore in that man's skin, the photo's extraordinary. beautiful colours and definition and I like the tight framing too. Great shot.
Have a lovely day and thanks for sharing
madhumita_roy86 (2150) 2012-08-20 5:45
beautiful catch..good portrait...
excellent sharpness...superb POV & DOF...
very good details on his face..
annjackman (13195) 2012-08-20 11:18
I seem to have some catching up to do - a few days off TE and I miss some some fabulous shots such as this. This is the type of portrait image that I enjoy. You have captured a natural pose and I like his downward, melancholic gaze. Excellent skin tones and detail. The close cropping makes a powerful study of this man.
A really excellent portrait - congratulations.
Best wishes, Ann
p.s. I notice that you used your signature small aperture even for a portrait. I wonder what a wider aperture would have done for the BG. Perhaps the brown 'shape' would be less obvious - just a thought.
ourania (12367) 2012-08-20 11:36
a great portrait, so suggestive in the light of your comprehensive note. The perspective offered by your close point of view and framing makes a tremendous impact on our perception of the gentleman's physical appearance and most intriguing character. The status and demands of his position, his serious and thoughtful character are seen and felt superbly. I love the marvellous sharpness and lighting, the wonderful chromatic tones and the shadows that you have employed most effectively as part of the narration. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
marabu61 (3914) 2012-08-20 14:04
A very appealing portrait. The man seems to be unaware of the camera and has a pensive look. The tight crop really enhances the pensive mood even further.
This is a fine example of why I love it so much here on TE. I learn so much about the world, illustrated with superb photographs.
mauro61 (52527) 2012-08-20 14:07
complimenti per la qualità di questa immagine dove tutto è tecnicamente perfetto.
Ritratto di grande intensità ripreso con maestria,
bayno (16195) 2012-08-24 0:28
beautiful subject, the picture makes me a little sad, I do not know exactly why, the man or the warrior that you have photographed has a sad expression ... as if the modern era burying its own traditions and customs, excellent quality and attractive tones...
Didi (48926) 2012-08-24 9:42
Very nice portrait; the man has a very good natural attitude
Very good frame quality I feel an ambiance of heat.
kwekwekan (620) 2012-08-26 7:36
A wonderful portrait to go along with your beautiful landscapes from Namibia. Exceptionally fine details throughout, great f-stop choice to give hints of the natural surroundings in the background. TFS
kennyblack (4125) 2012-09-01 13:52
How many things can tell a picture like this. You have received the right time to capture this profound expression and you did it perfectly.
Photo worthy of being part of a gallery of 'art. Great job and thanks for sharing.
Warm Regard's ... Marin
Noel_Byrne (7352) 2012-09-02 10:18
Thank you for the image, and the wonderful note. Once more, a magnificent portrait that speaks loudly. The true spirit of Trekearth for me is to learn through images and notes like this of places that are to me, so far away and so different from what I know. Beautiful.
Best wishes from Ireland.
- Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) (18722)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-07-01
- Categories: Daily Life, Decisive Moment
- Exposure: f/22, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-08-19 4:05
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