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John Kenny


Country  –   Kenya
Culture   –   Rendille
Year        –    2011

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The Rendille are found across arid and semi-arid areas of northern Kenya and live in a harmonious arrangement with their neighbours to the south, the Samburu. It is often difficult to tell Rendille and Samburu people apart, particularly young male warriors. This is reflective of a cultural immersion which has led many Rendille adopting the language of the more dominant Samburu.

A return to Kenya.  On this trip John took a different approach to lighting.  Building makeshift studios from locally acquired white sheets held up by four warriors and their spears!  The suffuse light allows John to capture a remarkable level of detail.  His subjects calm demeanor belies the reality of harsh arid winds, extreme temperatures and dust.

John Kenny’s black and white photographic portraits are taken on location in some of the remotest corners of Africa and India. All shot with natural light and with the subjects in their day to day attire they reveal the pride and strength inherent in tradional ways of life.

The C-type prints are mounted with an acrylic face mount giving them a 3-dimensional appearance and a very contemporary feel.

Ramji Bhagu

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