The Himba are an indigenous people living in northern Namibia, they are semi nomadic and breed cattle and goats.
The women are known for covering themselves with otjize, a mixture of butter fat and ochre, which gives their skins a reddish hue. This symbolizes earth's rich red color and the blood that symbolizes life, and shows the Himba ideal of beauty. Women braid each other's hair and cover it except the ends, in their ochre mixture, the hairstyle of the OvaHimba indicates age and social status.
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hidibyendu (871) 2014-01-09 22:41
A very good portrait of this Himba girl and you have provided a nice informative note for Himba.
Clear and nice details are present and a very good eye connection is present.
abmdsudi (44324) 2014-01-09 22:47
Gorgeous shot and so very natural...
That's why I like it! The look of her hypnotic eyes & depth of feeling, being the most intriguing to me that say so much more, obviously the impact rendered pulls the eyes in. Sharp image with a flavour of local culture and great sight lighting, tones with lovely subtle shadows. Topnotch portrait, Congrats.
jjcordier (77014) 2014-01-09 23:29
Bon portrait serré de cette jeune fille Himba qui se prête volontiers à l'exercice. Le choix de la lumière latérale s'avère judicieux.
emka (80936) 2014-01-09 23:33
Wonderful portrait of the young Himba girl. They are the most beautiful women in Africa, I think. Splendid shot. And what colour of ski n!
Warm regrads Malgo
Happy New Year!!
boa (6081) 2014-01-10 1:06
a very nice portrait of this young beauty. It is an excellent eye-contact and handling of the light. A blurred background is also a good choice in shots like this, well done!
Have a nice weekend/
holmertz (42281) 2014-01-10 3:51
This is a very nice portrait and a well balanced composition showing enough of the blurred background to let us imagine the environment. The young woman has a beautiful face and a very nice smile breaking through her shyness. Her braids nd necklaces are very interesting.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-01-10 5:38
a beautiful study this. I love your composition here, by not placing this exquisite portrait in the centre, it has given us a wonderful insight as to her surroundings and also made the shadows on her face all the more expressive. Stunning image!
Enjoy the coming weekend - B.
wolf38 (31282) 2014-01-11 1:31
Hello Wanda. Another very beautiful portrait. In fact, the Himba girl are looking well. But the girl's eyes look very adorable. The portrait is masterfully realized. Best rgds, Wolfgang.
CLODO (30708) 2014-01-12 1:15
A close portrait in a relax mood well enhanced by the lateral light. She seems proud to be in front of your camera.
- Copyright: Wanda van den Hogen (Wanda1) (14982)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-06-01
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon 5D, Canon EF 85mm f/1,8 USM, RAW
- Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-09 21:38