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The Himba 

For years, a tribe of semi-nomadic people known as the Himba has drawn photographers to Namibia’s northwest. Many photographers have captured striking images of this ancient tribe. The Himba generally still live a life of subsistence, living off the land and whatever it gives to them. They live scattered in some of the most unforgiving and remote parts of Africa. Although the modern world is knocking on their doorstep many Himba still lead a traditional lifestyle that has remained unchanged for generations, surviving war, disease and drought. When outsiders visit these villages they are offered a glimpse of the traditional ways of the Himba, but while they are open to this they will ask for a contribution from photographers in return.
 
 
Canon 5d miv + 85mm f1.2 - f2.2 @1/60th iso 800

Canon 5d miv + 85mm f1.2 - f2.2 @1/60th iso 800

 
Canon 1dx mii + 70-200 mm f12.8 - 75mm @ f2.8 , 1/800th iso 200

Canon 1dx mii + 70-200 mm f12.8 - 75mm @ f2.8 , 1/800th iso 200

 
Canon 5d miv + 85mm f1.2 - f2.2 @1/200th iso 1600

Canon 5d miv + 85mm f1.2 - f2.2 @1/200th iso 1600

 
 

The Himba rub a mixture of ochre, herbs and animal butter over their bodies and cleanse themselves by bathing with smoke and herbs burnt in a  fire they have kept burning for generations. Physical appearance and  bodily adornments plays a significant role in their culture, Married women wear ornate necklaces made of leather , hair , bone or shells. Married womens hair is plated and covered in an ochre and clay mix ending often adorned with a goat skin crest. 

 
 
Canon 5d miv + 85mm f1.2 - f2 @1/800th iso 250

Canon 5d miv + 85mm f1.2 - f2 @1/800th iso 250

 
 
Canon 5d miv + 85mm f1.2 - f3.2 @1/160th iso 100

Canon 5d miv + 85mm f1.2 - f3.2 @1/160th iso 100

 
Canon 5d miv + 85mm f1.2 - f2 @1/800th iso 250

Canon 5d miv + 85mm f1.2 - f2 @1/800th iso 250

 
 
 
 
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