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This is a 1/6 sec.s, f4, ISO1600 handheld photo, where i pushed the limits of the camera and tried hard (2 times) to get a sharp image. I like the baroque darkness of it, only revealing some necessary elements.

A night at the Berber Camp, outside Erg Chebbi Dunes, near the Algerian border. Together with a Canadian girl and our Tuareg guide we were only three, in the middle of nowhere. After riding our camels for 4 hours, we reached the camp. Getting down our camels and having our dinner (tajines of couscous) we sat by fire, it was cold but not so chilling. Our guide taught us some Berber songs and the night went on with chats about this and that. The turban of our guide is in typical indigo Tuareg color, having a green hue with the help of the yellow of blaze.

The men's facial covering originates from the belief that such action wards off evil spirits. It may have related instrumentally from the need for protection from the harsh desert sands as well. Taking on the veil is associated with the rite of passage to manhood; men begin wearing a veil when they reach maturity. The veil usually conceals their face, excluding their eyes and the top of the nose. The Tuareg are sometimes called the "Blue People" because the indigo pigment in the cloth of their traditional robes and turbans stained their skin dark blue (source: Wiki)

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