The Himba are a semi-nomadic pastoral people living in the north west of Namibia and in Angola. They live by herding sheep, goats and some cattle.
The jewelry worn by the Himba is made of shells and metals, and married women (like the lady pictured here) wear headdresses made from animal skin with many streams of braided hair
Both men and women smear their skin with a mixture of butter fat, ash and ochre to protect their skin and it gives a wonderful red tinge to the skin. This paste (Otjize) is often mixed with the aromatic resin of the Omuzumba shrub to perfume it.
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pajaran (61834) 2014-06-25 23:07
Interesantan tekst o Himba ljudima sa opisom ...
Lep pogled na zenu u tradicionalnoj nosnji ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lep portret.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
An interesting article about the Himba people with a description ...
A nice view of a woman in traditional costume ...
Good time recording and contrast, beautiful portrait.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best.
jjcordier (79297) 2014-06-26 1:22
Un très beau portrait noir et blanc de cette jeune Himba avec une bonne lumière latérale. Je me pose juste la question de supprimer ou non la zone de lumière sur le côté de l'image?
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-06-26 3:09
Hello Wanda - You handled the ambient light well here, it's such a challenge photographing the Himba inside their dark huts but the side light here brings out some lovely contrasts and detailing. I especially like the woman's pensive mood.
CLODO (34720) 2014-06-26 3:58
A b&W mood to enhance the picture reading, going to the essential: the back light reveals the shapes of her breast face and hair out of the dark BG.
I would have tried to remove the white vertical line at left, to strenghen the admirable portrait (see my WS)
My best regards
daddo (26894) 2014-06-26 4:31
Hi Wanda. Apart from the interesting finery, it's the face that arouses my interest in the way the light accentuates the physiognomy and gives life to the eye.Very effective use of B&W. Best wishes. Klaudio.
holmertz (54243) 2014-06-26 7:08
This is a lovely portrait where the light coming through the door underscores the lines of her head and body and her jewellery. Very well done.
mursaloglu (8682) 2014-06-26 7:41
Great BW portrait picture fantastic tones of grey marvelous mood bravo.
Glint (6171) 2014-06-26 12:52
Rosemary mentioned that she liked this Himba woman's pensive air. I do to, she seems so dignified and quietly accepting of her beauty. The light that touches her face and shoulder has an anointing quality as if some higher being has said, look at what I have created. (Strange that I should think that as I'm not the least bit religious!).
A special portrait.
Giustiniani (3632) 2014-07-02 8:48
un très beau portrait de cette belle femme. Bon choix du N&B accentue les contrastes.
j'aurai peut-être également supprimé la bande de lumière sur la gauche de l'image qui distrait le regard.
photographer_sg (4414) 2014-07-03 9:31
Superbly composed with perfect Exposure! Great black and white treatment. I like both the original as well as the workshop. The note is interesting and informative. Thanks for this great share.
aliabazari (16170) 2014-07-13 23:56
Hi Wanda dear
Portrait of a beautiful and attractive display. Eye gaze, young women, is very impressive and attractive. Choose black and white effect added to it. Exposure is best done. Very well. Congratulations and thank you to record this beautiful portrait.
ajayrawat (670) 2015-06-07 0:26
Beautiful portrait of the lady, I love the way you could portray her feminity without making it look vulgar.
I am correct to spot the cross in her necklace? do these people follow Christianity?
- Copyright: Wanda van den Hogen (Wanda1) (15142)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2011-06-01
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon 5D, Canon 28-105mm F/3.5-4.5 USM, RAW
- Exposure: f/4, 1/25 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): My Black & White [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-25 22:27