Hans Silvester - Body paintings, Photo 02
Photograph by Hans Silvester who stayed with the Suri herders, semi-nomadic inhabitants of southern Ethiopia.
Photograph signed and numbered from 1 to 10 by the artist.
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Adorning one's body with coloured clays is a widespread custom, especially among young men and women. It is a form of coquetry, seduction, celebration, and the reaction of the other is what matters: the admiration of the body is an acknowledgement of their sense of decoration.
The great reporter Hans Silvester discovered the Omo Valley in 2002. Initially, he went there to meet the researchers of Lucy, the oldest human being. It was with Moulou, his faithful guide, that he finally met the various local peoples. Fascinated by their way of life, he develops strong ties with the tribes. His photographs reveal the various body paintings of these peoples, attesting to the photographer's patience and the trust he was able to instil. These pictures reveal their art, their generosity and the precarious balance they maintain with nature. These numerous photographs bring us closer to these people, along the banks of the Omo.
Retour De Voyage has selected this photograph which expresses the creative spirit of this Ethiopian tribe.
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