Although some of the men have adopted a more western dress, the women retain their traditional appearance. Naked except for an animal skin skirt or wrap and many adornments, they are richly colored due to the red ochre, fat and aromatic resin combination otjize, smeared onto their skin. Rarely coming into contact with water, it acts as lotion and cleanser and protects their body from the harsh desert environment. Huge cone shells made into necklaces are worn between their breasts, symbolasing their womanhood, and small-animal-skin headdresses, curled pieces of leather, mark their marital status.
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worldcitizen (9144) 2013-12-21 8:20
Nice portrait. The mother is wearing so many interesting items, and each one has a meaning. The little boy seems interested in what she's doing, too. I like the background, and the fact that they are behaving as if the camera is not even there. Have a very Merry Christmas!!
ourania (49799) 2013-12-27 8:05
a very well framed scene with mother and child looking so natural and interesting. The interaction between them or with other factors around them is mysterious and we can't really tell what their expressions mean. You have lighted the scene effectively, the colours are delightful and the textures excellent. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
imageme (1790) 2013-12-27 13:38
Hi Zbigniew, You have captured a very lovely mother and child portrait here along with details note. She seems very rich with all these adornments on her and each has its purpose. She is learning her kid something and the kid seems very interesting to it. Splendid natural colours along with great details. Thank for sharing
mirosu (16273) 2013-12-29 9:04
Beautiful photo. Smart tight crop (close-up) choice to accentuate the woman and the child with splendid sharpness, nice colors, excellent light and very good POV choice. Very well done.
Wish you and your family a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year.
SWISS ALPS ROADS
fds (9569) 2013-12-29 11:04
dear friend fantastic picture with this women and Young boys
i licke very much this portrait and great document for my
happy new year 2014 dear friend
tedesse (25135) 2014-01-16 9:07
Super ostrosc i kolory.
Waylim (25502) 2014-01-18 15:30
Excellent portrait of both mother and son. Not only a good portrait, an excellent photo rich in exotic culture that is so different than anything we've seen. Very good and informative note.
Angshu (56760) 2014-02-04 3:17
Nice portrait. I am curious to know what the interaction between the mother & son is all about...for sure he is curious. The ornaments on her body is definitely worth interest
- Copyright: Zbigniew Kalinowski (fotka) (4659)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-05-08
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ 28, Leica Vario-Elmarit 1:2.8-4.4/4.8-86.4
- Exposure: f/3.2, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-12-21 5:11