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There's an old First Nations saying that - to be a member of the tribe (full human being) is to bring all the gifts of who you are to the fire - the place where you share commonality, warmth and social life with others - this image was taken at the Mela last year in the town of Loughborough - an event I had the great pleasure to stage manage - this young woman brought her gifts of movement, expressiveness and beauty to the fire but what I see in her face also is fearlessness, confidence, pride, achievement, joy, compassion and intelligence......a pretty young woman..... a pretty amazing young woman living her birth rights to these things as a human being.....and that is what events like this Mela are - places where people bring the fuller expressions and gifts of who they are and gift them to their tribe, their community, where people take time to recognise each other more fully as human beings instead of labels....so not just my pleasure but my great joy to enable things like this to happen......that's my gift to the tribe........my hope and optimism re: humanity.

Once again many thanks to the wonderful family of friends and fellow photographers who have made this such a wonderful place to share.

best wishes Kev

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