This was the chief of the small Himba village that we visited just outside the town of Opuwo. He was a proud man with several wives and children.
The Himba people still cling onto their traditions and way of life strongly, they are pastoral and breed cattle and goats. The women cover their skin and hair in a mixture of ochre and butter fat giving their skin a beautiful red tone, and both men and women wear ornate jewelry.
When visiting the village it is important to take along food gift items such as maize meal, sugar and oil. These are offered to the chief or head wife before being divided between the families living in the village.
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willperrett (11918) 2014-01-23 2:42
I really like this formally posed portrait. The strength and self-assurance come through very strongly. Your choice of monochrome creates a timeless mood.
jjcordier (79297) 2014-01-23 22:34
Un beau portrait en noir et blanc de ce chef qui a visiblement l'habitude de prendre la pose!
Oumar (26) 2014-01-28 8:33
Great use of Black & White. It goes hand in hand with the facial expression and adds a dramatic aspect to the picture. Well cropped as well!
Very good job!
- 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/8, 1/320 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): My Black & White [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-23 2:25