Another shot from my archives and today I would like to share a picture that I took on a trip to the north of Namibia. We were driving on a little used road which runs alongside the Kunene River, between Rundu and the Epupa falls, when out of nowhere this little group of Himbas appeared from the bush.
I am not very comfortable with taking pictures of people but I jumped out of our vehicle and the family was more than happy for me to take a couple of snaps. If we travel in remote areas, I always carry items of food and I made a little gift of coffee, sugar, tinned milk, jam and fruit which was received with big smiles!
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willperrett (11814) 2013-12-18 5:50
What a fine environmental portrait you've taken of this family. They look straight at your camera with no fear nor self-consciousness, and in fact the eye contact, especially of the mother on the right, is searing. And the choice of monochrome seems to add dignity and seriousness to the work. Excellent.
snunney (106533) 2013-12-18 6:06
A charming capture of this family group, who seem anxious to make contact with their photographer. A very alluring portrait beautifully presented in black and white.
williewhistler (16492) 2013-12-18 6:11
this is such a lovely family portrait with a very pleasant toning that is just perfect for the occasion.
The direct and relaxed gaze of the ladies is a delight,they were obviously at ease with you and the camera.
A fine piece of photography.
Best wishes Les.
delpeoples (59774) 2013-12-18 6:28
Ciao dear Rosemary
What a beautiful family portrait, one by our standards is exotic and so full of interest. I like the choice of the charcoal processing and I am enchanted by the presence of the young mother on the right and her look of pride and strength. The bubbas are adorable too. How did you resist grabbing the little chubster on the right and giving him a huge kiss and cuddle. I know you're not comfortable with taking people shots (just like me) but I think you did a marvellous job here and obviously connected with your subjects as a mother and grandmother. Fantastic work.
Subhogen (4067) 2013-12-18 6:38
Brilliant capture of human beings in their primitive form.
They seem to be at peace with this rapidly changing world. Perfect choice of B&W, I have seen few pictures of this tribe in color on TE, but B&W looks much better. Well seen and taken.
P.S One question...What forced you to give them edible goodies? Are they struggling to fend for themselves?
jemaflor (103133) 2013-12-18 8:12
Good idea in b&w, interesting family portraits, well taken, good sharpness, tfs.
lousat (97585) 2013-12-18 8:13
Hi Rosemary,this hard black and white version,remember me the pic of the first explorations of Africa in the start of the last century...hehe..really original and really great,a beautiful portrait of this group showed in a spectacular way,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
parvatibb (1387) 2013-12-18 10:24
An excellent portrait! Their pose is so natural and comfortable. I like the hair styles.
Perfect quality. Congrats!
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-12-18 11:02
beautiful portait photo!
Till now I thought a good portrait is about good framing and timing,but here I must say that also color scheme contributes significantly to the success of your composition.The way you processed the image in monochrome gives something special to the image and definitely makes it more unique.
ktanska (29275) 2013-12-18 11:20
A lovely group portrait. Especially I like the kids here, the one in front seems to be a bit scared while the smallest one has no idea of what's going on.
Dark skin looks good in B&W I think, showing contrasts well.
mesutilgim (97484) 2013-12-18 11:26
Veyr nice b&w capture from Namibia of those two mothers with their kids.
Interesting notes makes your entry a perfect TE job.
TFS and best regards
Sergiom (88317) 2013-12-18 11:54
Une très belle famille, même si le pêre est absent et que la mêre soit bien jeune pour avoir autant d'enfants. J'aime beaucoup l'utilisation du noir et blanc qui donne un petit côté vintage à l'ensemble.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-12-18 13:00
complimenti per questo ritratto molto espressivo di una famiglia locale.
Nel farlo si vede che ci hai messo non solo la tecnica ma tutto l'amore verso queste persone e che traspare dalle loro espressioni di benevolenza verso di te.
Una eccellente proposta avallata da un bianco e nero molto ben dosato e da una ambientazione fatta con molta cura.
Ciao e buona serata
ourania (51079) 2013-12-18 13:00
I like very much the closeness between you and the family that posed for you. There's a fascinating, almost silver-like, luminosity in the grey tones and the shadows offer a 3D quality. I think it's very interesting that you placed the group in the centre of the frame, thus accentuating their closeness and unity. I feel they're studying us as we're studying them. They all look into the lens curiously (except the babies:) but their different expressions make your photo so rich. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
chrislo (4097) 2013-12-18 13:48
A very nice portrait of these mums with their children. You have photographed them superbly and managed to capture their natural expression with a great sense of realism. These people do not seem to lack anything, the children look in very good health, and so do the mothers. A very powerful image, beautifully captured.
holmertz (59142) 2013-12-18 13:54
This is a lovely group portrait, really adorable. It's technically excellent, with very fine tones of grey, but especially I like their attention to you and the camera and their relaxed and slightly amused attitude. This photo was really worth the discomfort you may have felt. I am glad you overcame that weakness of yours :-). I suppose in a remote area like this it's perfectly normal to stop and greet strangers you meet, which would make a photo session a quite natural thing.
carlo62 (54986) 2013-12-18 14:59
non ti conosco abbastanza per poter dare giudizi, ma una cosa credo di averla capita molto bene, ami la Namibia e ami l'Africa, con tutti i suoi popoli, i suoi difetti e i suoi grandi pregi.
Un amore che traspare da ogni foto che riguarda questa terra, come questo bel ritratto.
emka (106772) 2013-12-18 16:33
Hello rosemary, Wonderful photo of this Himba family. usually they do mnot like photos ,or rather they want money for it, so you were so lucky that they were willing to pose for you. But certainly, the little gift of food and sweets helped. They look at you with interest, The boy (?) has a bit different features. I like most here the grandma. fantastic photo, you can be very proud of it.
I travel probably to much. I have no time to look at my archives :)
Warm regrads MAlgo
adidas5nb (5743) 2013-12-18 21:05
all i can say is
jjcordier (79297) 2013-12-18 22:48
Un portrait de famille de très grande classe. Une photo en noir et blanc de très grande qualité. Bravo!
COSTANTINO (69660) 2013-12-18 23:26
I red your notes and I traveled with
you to the north of Namibia
a different portrait of a family
with different traditions and
different way of living
thanks for sharing with us
Noel_Byrne (33634) 2013-12-19 1:10
This is the kind of photo that I do sincerely aspire to someday take. I am useless at portrait generally, and would like to take some decent ones, but to take one like this is but a distant hope. I hate to bandy about the words Nat Geo, but honestly, I would not be surprised to find this between the pages of that illustrious magazine. One of the things that really strikes me on this is the fantastic happy expressions of the people in the shot, such a removal from most scenes like this where the people can tend to look quite serious. The connection you made with them shows through well here, and I guess the kind gifts you offered were greatly appreciated. I think the photo itself can show much of the heart of the photographer, and this is a brilliant example of that.
Thanks for a beautiful share Rosemary
All the best
CLODO (35754) 2013-12-19 4:27
We, photographers, seem to be predators when we see an image we want to take. i think that before taking this kind of picture, you have to talk to them, so they get used to you and then ask if it is possible to take a photo, hoping they don't pose in front of the camera. sending their image is also a gift I do in this occasiion.
Nice light B&W mood!
HimalAnda (10671) 2013-12-19 7:55
This is a very nice B&W portrait of this Himba family. The B&W treatment is elegant, and the blurred background is perfect.
Wanda1 (15142) 2013-12-20 0:44
I am glad that you took this opportunity to photograph this Himba family, showing their traditional way of life that is still trying to be preserved, and sadly one day these kinds of images will all that will be left to remind us of a traditional culture that once was. The black and white adds a timeless documentary feel to the image.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-12-20 6:21
so many B&W images posted recently, and great - it is a medium that does not get enough recognition here on TE. Now this is just an amazing shot, so much character and impact, that the use of monochrome just makes work so beautifully. Classy work Rosemary. I love it!
Have a good weekend - Brian.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2013-12-20 17:33
namaste, a nicely captured portrait of this African family. Like the high key action here a lot. Sharp details and nice tonal quality. Excellent presentation. Tfs.
annjackman (21903) 2013-12-21 3:23
We are used to seeing the rich, earthy colour of the skins of the Himbas so it makes a refreshing change to see a b/w version. This is a beautiful family group taken to show their environment. Lovely skin tones with excellent clarity.
Warm regards, Ann
rigoletto (34279) 2013-12-21 4:11
how nice that they were happy with the items that you gave them. maasai in tanzania were quite fond of money and what made them happier was more money. one could think that they were the new bankers of africa. the gathering of three generations easily pulled you out of your car, and they seem to have happily posed for you. quite a TE share, and timeless again with your monochrome treatment.
zanzi (13690) 2013-12-23 0:55
Great family portraiture!
I like the intensity in their eyes and the post-processing work.
Royaldevon (43407) 2013-12-23 1:53
This is a delightful shot of the family group. I sincerely hope that groups like this will continue to exist in their traditional way and not be overcome by the culture of video games, pop clothes, etc.
I enjoyed studying the individual faces and guessing at the characters. Do you feel a little teenage angst?
Just love the hair dos.
Have a lovely Christmas,
I'm curious, do you have Christmas cards in Namibia and if so are there any local subjects, presumably not snow!
fotka (4785) 2013-12-24 5:35
This is a great Himba family portrait made in black and white medium. They look friendly, straight in the camera except two babies. Well balanced shot between tones and shadows.
Does the decoration on their heads show marital status? So one of them is married and the other one is not. Am I right?
Merry Christmas and a lot of good photos in approaching New Year.
fabbs99 (17179) 2013-12-30 21:31
Happy New year ! This is a lovely family image and it looks very sharp and crisp.Excellent composition, good presentation too. Very well done, TFS.
Waylim (25436) 2014-01-01 22:35
Isn't it a nice surprise? when it happen unepectedly. I find it also more spontaneous and fun this way of meeting rather than those in the touristy area where we expected to see them and pay them. Not that I mind some spare change it is the encounter experience and genuine curiocityand connection rather than a business like exchange. I too, bring pencil, dry fruits, healthy snacks ready to handout in remote places and village and even money in exchange for handy craft and things even if I don;t need it. I don't just hand out money cause that make them think they can just beg and not work for it.
Anyway, back to the photo, a very good family portrait for you as a souvenier and memories.
sayeed_rahman (6459) 2014-10-12 13:14
I am not sure, could they be asking for money or creating a fuss ? i mean tourists all over the world, photograph this tribe and others too. they could be spoilt ? they would also know that some photos could sell the photos in their respective countries, use it commercially.
how do you deal with these contacts ?
- Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) (31629)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2011-06-29
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Decisive Moment
- Exposure: f/18.0, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): My Monochromes [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-12-18 5:41